side·​light | \ ˈsīd-ˌlīt How to pronounce sidelight (audio) \

Definition of sidelight

1a : light coming or produced from the side
b : incidental light or information
2 : the red light on the port bow or the green light on the starboard bow carried by ships underway at night

Examples of sidelight in a Sentence

The book includes some amusing sidelights about his childhood.
Recent Examples on the Web The exterior walls were all translucent, allowing for ample sidelight. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 This big arch has two sidelight arches that display pieces from Denha’s sculpture collection. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$3.25M Bloomfield Twp. home is so big the wine cellar has a wine cellar," 18 Apr. 2020 Interesting sidelight: Sashi Brown was preparing Berry to take over as GM in a few years with Brown assuming a more big picture role in the football operations. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Is Coach Kevin Stefanski being set up to succeed? Let’s Talk Cleveland Browns," 5 Apr. 2020 The variously slinky and driven choreography features such sidelights as pratfalls, teasingly competitive back-and-forth accents, sassy shoulder shimmies and snappy hand jives. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Minimalism and Me’ Review: Twyla Tharp Tells Her Story," 19 Nov. 2018 The basic cabinet module, with two mirrored doors and sidelights, can be customized to suit your own needs. Rebecca Winzenried, ELLE Decor, "Home Magazine's 5th Annual Kitchen & Bath Awards 2003," 5 July 2012 The front door was painted bright turquoise — Ms. Negrin’s favorite color — and the plain-glass sidelights that allowed passers-by to see into the house were replaced with bottle-glass windows that offer privacy without blocking sunlight. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "An Angular Beach House That’s Soft Inside," 14 May 2018 The front door with sidelights, transom, and a half-moon window over the second floor opens into the spacious foyer with an inlaid hardwood floor, offering a preview of the luxurious interior. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 3 Erica Lane, West Simsbury," 20 July 2017 Others see performance as a sidelight to other professional careers. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "These 18 made the cut. That’s when the real work began. Now they’re part of the Entourage. | Miami Herald," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sidelight

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Oct 2020

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“Sidelight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sidelight

: a piece of information that is in addition to the main information

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