tail·​light | \ ˈtāl-ˌlīt \

Definition of taillight 

: a usually red warning light mounted at the rear of a vehicle

called also taillamp

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Janet Eimer, 66, died in August 2016 after the trooper tried to pull over another motorist, David Wayne Colvin, because of a taillight violation. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Lawsuit: Same Kansas trooper involved in two fatal pursuits on same KCK road | The Kansas City Star," 26 Feb. 2018 The rendering only shows the back of the vehicle, but reveals its Mustang-style three bar taillights and sloping coupe-like roof. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Ford Mustang-inspired 'Mach 1' electric SUV teased in first image," 6 Sep. 2018 New exhaust tips and taillights are the main change points at the rear. Malcolm Gunn, courant.com, "2018 Lexus NX," 28 June 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Exterior styling includes heavy creasing on the hood, front and rear fenders, door panels and rear quarters to the taillights, and rocker panels. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 At the rear, the new RAV4 appears to retain its shelflike 3D taillights. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Next-Gen Toyota RAV4 to Make Debut Later This Month; Here’s What We Know," 13 Mar. 2018 The 2019 Sierra continues as a mechanical twin to the Silverado, and beneath the disguise the GMC gets restyled front and rear fascias, new head- and taillights, plus more chrome, especially on the inevitable top-trim Denali versions. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Spied: Making the Grade," 5 Feb. 2018 In the rear, a chrome strip extends from side to side, connecting the slim, wraparound taillights. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018 The idea is fairly simple: Each driver’s time is worth some amount of money; that time is wasted if it is spent idling in a sea of taillights. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Traffic Doesn’t Hurt the Economy—But We Should Still Fix It," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of taillight

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of taillight was in 1844

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English Language Learners Definition of taillight

: a red light at the back of a vehicle

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