\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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Deputies soon saw the car at a red light near Nova Road. Jeff Weiner,, "Orlando man rammed patrol car while fleeing with missing kids in stolen car, Volusia deputies say," 2 June 2018 The woman flagged down a K9 officer who was at a red light at a nearby intersection and on his way home after his shift late Wednesday afternoon. Howard Cohen And Johanna A. Álvarez, miamiherald, "Dramatic video: Baby Kingston stopped breathing. Fortunately, this deputy was nearby. | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 The older man and a Cleveland woman, 51, were driving southbound on Ohio 237 and had stopped at a red light at Sheldon Road. Bob Sandrick,, "Road rage leads to punches outside Circle K; drunk Cleveland man challenges police to fight: Berea police blotter," 10 May 2018 What this devil once promised to do for them: Stop the car from running the red light. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 Cities stand to lose major budget elements: No more revenues off tickets, as these cars won’t speed, park over the meter time, or run red lights. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Little Shared Vehicles," 29 June 2018 Thomas heard the call and responded to the area and attempted to pull the suspect car over, which refused to stop, running red lights and stop signs. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Police Recognize Officers, Citizens At Annual Ceremony," 18 May 2018 Officers soon found the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop, continuing on Alma School Road at a high rate of speed and running red lights, police said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "2nd suspect in Mesa 7-Eleven robbery identified," 8 May 2018 Bruns had 12 traffic violations since 2016 for offenses ranging from speeding in school zones to running red lights, the Post reported. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'She took the lives of 2 innocent babies.' Driver charged in death of actor's 4-year-old | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 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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: having many prostitutes

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