\ ˈred-ˈlīt How to pronounce red-light (audio) \

Definition of red-light

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having numerous houses of prostitution a red-light district

red light


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


the reporter took her glower as a red light and stopped asking questions

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Kelly Canon lead the charge in Texas to ban red light cameras this summer, the eighth state to do so. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Deaths at red lights have surged since 2012, AAA study finds," 29 Aug. 2019 In terms of special revenue sources, the City of Humble estimates some financial drops in their red light camera revenue. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble’s proposed budget includes property tax increase, Rankin Road extension," 21 Aug. 2019 When a bus is stopped with red lights flashing and its stop-arm extended, the answer is almost always. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "With stiffer penalties for passing them, school buses are back on the road. Here's when to stop.," 6 Aug. 2019 Michael Clemens, of Hamden, Ohio, has been charged with failure to comply, red light violation, driving under suspension and no operator’s license, Painesville police said in a statement. Kaylee Remington,, "Man in custody after leading Painesville police on a chase, car flips into pond," 23 July 2019 After collecting lake water from hundreds of feet below the surface in opaque bottles, U. of C. researchers rushed the samples into a dark lab space below deck where only a single red light bulb glowed. Tony Briscoe,, "Minuscule microbes wield enormous power over the Great Lakes. But many species remain a mystery.," 5 July 2019 Plan to seek out the stars after dusk, dressed in warm clothing as temperatures drop quickly, with a red light flashlight in tow. Nneka Okona, National Geographic, "The Grand Canyon is now a Dark Sky Park—here’s why that matters," 20 June 2019 The team expects to install the bridge over the red light district’s Oudezijds Achterburgwal, currently undergoing renovations, by mid-2019. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This 3D-printed steel bridge will be installed over an Amsterdam canal," 23 Oct. 2018 Authorities have released the names of two men who died in a collision after a driver ran a red light this week near Mesa. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "2 men identified after a fatal crash involving a red-light runner near Mesa," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of red-light

: having many prostitutes

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