stop·​light ˈstäp-ˌlīt How to pronounce stoplight (audio)
: a light on the rear of a motor vehicle that is illuminated when the driver presses the brake pedal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So, during a two-minute shut-off at a stoplight, those passages will remain filled with oil. Rag Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 Liza Porat glanced at her phone while sitting in her car at a stoplight and saw the request posted on an internet mailing list for her Silver Spring neighborhood. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2022 Historic downtown Long Grove just got its first stoplight in 2021. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 Lovettsville doesn’t have a stoplight, Breaux said. Madison Rudolf, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 Like Zendaya and Tom Holland, Gosling and Mendes got busted while making out at a stoplight in Hollywood. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 23 July 2022 Sabinal, a town with one stoplight, two gas stations, and one taxidermist, is no different. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 19 July 2022 Williamsport is a one-stoplight village along Deer Creek on the south end of Pickaway County. Dan Gearino, ABC News, 29 July 2022 It’s the aesthetic of software at scale, in every window, at every stoplight, on every city block. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 20 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stoplight was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Stoplight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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