\ 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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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 Nearly three weeks later, Bass was a passenger in a car curbed by police for running a red light. Megan Crepeau,, "Court decision rebuffs common tool used by Chicago police in many arrests for shootings," 30 July 2019 Maria Trujillo, 24, was reportedly driving near Lowell and Honolulu avenues around 1:15 a.m. when she was stopped by a Glendale officer for running a red light. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Fanny pack filled with drugs found during Glendale traffic stop, police say," 30 July 2019 She was charged with vehicular manslaughter and running a red light. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Tesla in fatal SF crash was not in auto-pilot mode, police say," 24 July 2019 The 22-year-old suspect, who has not been identified, was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and running a red light, police said. Washington Post, "Police investigate if crashed car was partially self-driving," 22 July 2019 Tarrant police were in pursuit of Gardner for running a red light. Carol Robinson |,, "Man fleeing traffic stop killed in Tarrant crash," 19 July 2019 Ryan said the crash occurred at the intersection of Boston and Bridge streets, and the civilian vehicle may have run a red light, though the matter remained under investigation. Travis Andersen,, "Minor injuries reported after Peabody fire truck crashes in Salem," 18 July 2019 Nicholas Wagner, 23, ran a red light Sunday and crashed into the car in front of him at the intersection of Orchid Lake Road and Rowan Road in Port Richey, WFLA reported. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Florida man causes crash, threatens to Taser bystanders: report," 17 July 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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