sidelight

noun side·light \ ˈsīd-ˌlīt \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of sidelight

1 a : 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

  1. The book includes some amusing sidelights about his childhood.

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First Known Use of sidelight

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in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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


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