\ ˈred-ˈlīt \

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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Investigators also found 20 tickets for failing to stop for a red light, 16 for parking at fire hydrants, 8 expired inspection certificates or registration and 29 bus-lane violations. David Klepper, The Seattle Times, "NY disability agency gets 270 school zone speeding tickets," 1 Oct. 2018 The designers claim the blue light helps with the grow phase of the plant and the red light is designed for when the plants bloom. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This high-design pendant light will keep your plants alive," 4 Oct. 2018 The boy was crossing in a crosswalk when a car traveling west did not stop for the red light, police said. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "15-year-old boy hit in crosswalk by red-light runner has 'very serious' injuries," 12 July 2018 The pursuit reportedly continued as the car swerved around traffic and through red lights. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Pair arrested after leading police on high-speed chase in Chesterton," 18 Apr. 2018 Her car had recently blown through four red lights and been cited for four other violations for speeding. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "What New York Should Learn From the Park Slope Crash That Killed Two Children," 30 Mar. 2018 There is a row of red lights that projects onto the windshield like a heads-up display to warn you of imminent collisions and the like. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: GMC Terrain gives you the ride you want—at a price," 23 Dec. 2018 Neon red lights encircled the opening while another strand of lights led into the heart of the tunnel, which has white walls. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Inside Elon Musk’s Tunnel to Alleviate ‘Soul-Destroying’ Traffic," 19 Dec. 2018 No quick temptation to check it at red lights (with my 15-year-old son who will be driving soon watching and taking mental notes). Kathryn Crawford Saxer, The Seattle Times, "Career (and life) lessons I learned from breaking my phone," 15 Oct. 2018

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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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