taillight

noun
tail·​light | \ ˈtāl-ˌlīt How to pronounce taillight (audio) \

Definition of taillight

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

called also taillamp

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The 2019 Mustang GT California Special benefits from a familiar treatment, although because today’s Shelby GT350 and regular Mustangs share rear-end styling, the GT/CS lacks unique taillights. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Going Back to Cali: Ford Mustang GT California Special Returns to Updated 2019 Mustang Lineup," 12 Mar. 2018 There’s a similar single-band taillight at the rear, sitting beneath a split wing. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Mercedes’ EQ Silver Arrow blends classic design with electric superpowers," 3 Oct. 2018 The taillights are wider and the twin exhaust pipes are split on either side of the rear, instead of tied together. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 BMW 530i xDrive is all very good and nice," 26 July 2017 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

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First Known Use of taillight

1844, in the meaning defined above

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taillight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of taillight

: a red light at the back of a vehicle

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