street·​light ˈstrēt-ˌlīt How to pronounce streetlight (audio)
: a light usually mounted on a pole and constituting one of a series spaced at intervals along a public street or highway

called also streetlamp

Examples of streetlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tesla then veered off the road, crashed through a streetlight and became airborne after striking a curb on the north side of the road. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 Projects like the city’s switch to LED streetlights and the installation of solar panels at the Department of Public Works building have started to pay off, the report shows. Bridget Fogarty, Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2024 The subdivision’s streets were paved, and several already had sidewalks and streetlights put in. Richard Selcer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4 May 2024 As a result, the council was forced to make drastic cost cuts, resulting in the sacking of 600 staff, closure of community centers, reduction of household waste collections, and even turning down the brightness of its streetlights. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 3 May 2024 Move out of traffic if possible, but don’t stop under trees, streetlights, power lines or signs, the USGS advises. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Flagstaff’s streetlights use amber LEDs that are directed downward, protecting the city’s dark skies. Leslie Camhi, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2024 What other impacts do purple streetlights have on their surroundings? Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 Later, streetlights and sewers were added to the neighborhood. Gina Lee Castro, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of streetlight was in 1819

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“Streetlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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street·​light -ˌlīt How to pronounce streetlight (audio)
: a light usually on a pole that is one of a series spaced along a public road

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