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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Then clip on your taillight and stash your U-lock—the pack has dedicated spots for both. MiiR's Commuter backpack is a big and light bag that promises not to skimp on durability or waterproofing. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019 Also known as the GT/CS, the original iteration debuted in 1968 with the contemporary Shelby GT350’s full-width taillights, sweet stripes, and other minor tweaks, and the name has been used at various other times throughout the Mustang’s history. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Going Back to Cali: Ford Mustang GT California Special Returns to Updated 2019 Mustang Lineup," 12 Mar. 2018 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

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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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