\ 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

Noun the reporter took her glower as a red light and stopped asking questions
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brandon Russell's son was born prematurely after his wife, Samantha Russell, was fatally injured on Tuesday when a man fleeing from Wichita police ran a red light and slammed into her car, the Wichita Eagle reported. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 The driver of an SUV was killed on the east side Sunday morning when a semi-trailer truck struck the vehicle after the SUV ran a red light, police said. Clare Proctor, The Indianapolis Star, 4 July 2021 The driver ran a red light and hit Carlos Flores Gonzales, 63, who was on his bicycle on the intersection of Huebner and Babcock roads, police said. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 1 July 2021 On the night of April 13, 2013, Kemp, then 21, drove at speeds up to 128 mph and ran a red light at the bottom of the north Interstate 95 off-ramp at Blue Heron Boulevard. Marc Freeman,, 19 June 2021 The driver ran a red light, causing a collision with another car. Grace Mcdermott, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 June 2021 Both drivers were taken to Hillcrest Hospital on June 10 after a Euclid man, 32, ran a red light while heading east on Route 87 in his 2005 Ford F-150 and broadsided a southbound Ford Fusion driven by a Maple Heights woman, 80, at around 8 p.m. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 17 June 2021 Thornton claimed that a driver ran a red light and hit her car on June 12. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 16 June 2021 Banes suffered severe head trauma after being struck by a scooter that ran a red light in Manhattan's Upper West on June 4. Anna Sturla And Mark Morales, CNN, 15 June 2021

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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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“Red-light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of red-light

: having many prostitutes


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