\ 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

Examples of red-light in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He was cited for the red light violation and driving under suspension. Andy Attina /,, "Woman charged with OVI after found arguing with man outside her vehicle: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 2 May 2018 Not even to adjust Google Maps while stopped at a red light. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 Encinitas first entered into a contract with its red light camera provider Redflex in February 2004. Barbara Henry,, "Encinitas postpones debate on red-light cameras," 19 June 2018 Baltimore officials are quickly expanding the speed and red light camera system. Luke Broadwater,, "Baltimore speed cameras generate $4 million in excess revenue, which will go toward fire department," 5 June 2018 Matthew Pasciucco had been stopped at a red light eastbound on Universal Boulevard in the tourist district when 22-year-old Orlando resident Yamil Rodriguez collided with the car. Marco Santana,, "FHP: Kissimmee man dies in tourist district crash with drunk driver," 26 May 2018 Under the open records act, the Tribune in June 2015 sought emails and text messages about the city’s controversial red light camera system. Todd Lighty,, "In victory for Tribune, judge rules that Emanuel broke law in withholding emails," 15 May 2018 Not a camera fan Gurnee is installing another red light camera at Route 21 and Washington. Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: What were Republicans thinking?," 30 Apr. 2018 While Amsterdam’s red light district is a rowdy cheering squad of hedonism, Haarlem’s is a quiet little cobbled zone where people remember their polite words and no one dares even litter. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Easing into the Netherlands with pickled herring and a polite red-light district | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above


1849, in the meaning defined above

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: having many prostitutes

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