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

Examples of stoplight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are no stoplights, high rises, or chain restaurants on the entirety of Edisto Island, and the beach town itself wholeheartedly embraces the magic of slow living. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2024 In parts of the country, a police officer can hurtle down city streets, snub stoplights, crash a car and walk away unscathed — job and reputation intact — even when those collisions kill or maim innocent people. Kayla Canne, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2024 There was no engine roar or rumble in the floor that rattled at stoplights – just a slight, low hum. Rebecca Noel, Charlotte Observer, 7 June 2024 If a stoplight is not working at all, Snell said, drivers should treat the intersection as a four-way stop: one driver entering the intersection at a time and proceeding with caution. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for stoplight 

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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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“Stoplight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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stop·​light ˈstäp-ˌlīt How to pronounce stoplight (audio)

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