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Definition of red-light

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having numerous houses of prostitution a red-light district

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Definition of red light (Entry 2 of 2)

: a warning signal especially : a red traffic signal

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Examples of red-light in a Sentence

Noun the reporter took her glower as a red light and stopped asking questions
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Warrants, Stumph Road: On Nov. 24, police observed a 2008 Chevy Equinox stop in front of the stop bar at a Stumph Road red light. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma duo arrested with stolen New York City car on trailer: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 9 Dec. 2020 Hamilton was shot at a red light in east Oak Cliff about 40 minutes later. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man accused in spree of 4 killings has history of domestic violence, court records show," 25 Nov. 2020 Police issued 3,888 citations for violations ranging from running a red light or stop sign and about 10,000 for lesser offenses like lack of insurance, registration or a driver’s license. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Street racing in Dallas and car takeovers have gotten worse during the pandemic," 2 Dec. 2020 The case stemmed from Stein receiving a citation for failing to stop at a red light in 2014 and focused on guidelines used by Aventura in deciding whether to cite motorists based on camera images. News Service Of Florida,, "Appeal of red light camera case from Aventura ends at Florida Supreme Court," 24 Nov. 2020 Early on the morning of May 28, 2012, a forty-one-year-old Black man named Anton Barrett, Sr., whose nineteen-year-old son was also in the car, pulled out of a parking lot with his headlights off and ran a red light. Shane Bauer, The New Yorker, "How a Deadly Police Force Ruled a City," 16 Nov. 2020 Authorities said the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder ran a red light and struck a Nissan Altima. Carol Robinson |, al, "Convict indicted in deadly DUI crash that killed 2 in Birmingham," 9 Nov. 2020 In that split second—from out of nowhere—a car ran the red light at 80 mph. Spencer Mcfadden Hoge And Cynthia Mcfadden, Town & Country, "This Family Road Trip Might Be the Greatest Driving Lesson Ever," 25 Oct. 2020 Ritchie’s car flipped three times after colliding with the vehicle of a driver who ran a red light. Rick Armstrong,, "Armstrong: He gave up hockey. He lost time to a car accident. Through it all, Rohn Ritchie finds ‘my voice’ running for Aurora Central Catholic.," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of red-light


1900, in the meaning defined above


1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red-light was in 1849

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“Red-light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of red-light

: having many prostitutes

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