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 Regardless, the wrangling over obscure parliamentary proceedings remains a sidelight to the larger dynamic of the Build Back Better Act. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2021 The craft is a sidelight for Crawford, 43, a cybersecurity analyst who works for the Army at Fort Meade. Mike Klingaman,, 19 Aug. 2021 As a historical sidelight, it might be noted that sometimes spring, even early spring, is and can be very warm. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2021 This is simply a fun little sidelight, Manziel insisted, giving him a chance to take a few snaps in an intriguing new venture and perhaps help some up-and-comers get a look from the NFL. Paul Newberry, ajc, 13 Feb. 2021 The exterior walls were all translucent, allowing for ample sidelight. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2020 This big arch has two sidelight arches that display pieces from Denha’s sculpture collection. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 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, 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, 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sidelight

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sidelight was in 1610

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“Sidelight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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