red-light

adjective \ ˈred-ˈlīt \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of red-light

: having numerous houses of prostitution
  • a red-light district

First Known Use of red-light

1900

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red light

noun

Definition of red light

: a warning signal; especially : a red traffic signal

Examples of red light in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of red light

1849

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  • : having many prostitutes


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