street·​light | \ ˈstrēt-ˌlīt How to pronounce streetlight (audio) \

Definition of streetlight

: 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 In April 2021, the City Council approved an ordinance designed to collect additional money for streetlight maintenance. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 In New Orleans, there are also plans to use streetlight sensors for tracking water levels, so the city can respond better to hurricanes and storms. Nick Tabor, The New Republic, 27 Dec. 2021 Piccoli also discussed an ordinance, which was passed by council, allowing the city to hire Main Street Lighting to repair and replace the streetlight luminaires in the historic district around Public Square. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Most residents in the old city limits are paying for streetlights as a portion of their property tax bill, from which $85 is transferred to the streetlight fund. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 And the trash cans are also Wi-Fi hotspots — complementing the streetlight hotspots. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2021 So the chargers can’t be connected to every standard streetlight. Globe Staff,, 11 Nov. 2021 The process has involved doing a GIS audit of every streetlight in the city to be accounted for and will also include design to eliminate areas with little or no lighting. John Benson, cleveland, 25 Oct. 2021 Banners will go up soon on the streetlight poles in front of the church announcing the milestone. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of streetlight

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of streetlight was in 1819

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7 Jan 2022

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“Streetlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of streetlight

: a light on a tall pole next to a public road

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