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

Examples of taillight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An April memo concluded the city was liberally interpreting moving violations to include paperwork and equipment violations, like a broken taillight or expired registration. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Branded a scofflaw: Those targeted by Anchorage program to recoup unpaid tickets say it’s harsh and inequitable," 26 Dec. 2019 In the rear, the taillights are also slimmer and, like the headlights, have a new signature light design. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Jaguar's sporty F-Type gets a sleek new look," 3 Dec. 2019 Open container: Stumph Road On Oct. 14, police observed a vehicle with a broken taillight traveling on Stumph Road. John Benson, cleveland, "Dude drinking a beer while driving also cited for drugs: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 30 Oct. 2019 Eight years ago, she was stopped by an Arizona state trooper for a broken taillight and found to be driving without a license. Bob Ortega, CNN, "ICE reopening long-closed deportation cases against Dreamers," 21 Dec. 2019 The longtime machinist was sitting in the shop of the Guide Corp. plant in Anderson, which was then one of the country’s largest manufacturers of headlights and taillights for cars. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "113 tons of dead fish: Indiana's worst environmental disaster, 20 years later," 19 Dec. 2019 Also included is adaptive front lighting, upgraded LED headlights and taillights, an excellent windshield color head up display, perforated leather for seats, and steering wheel, and paddle shifters. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Mazda CX-30 delivers premium panache at affordable price," 13 Dec. 2019 One of her clients, Kendell Morgan, 33, was pulled over in February for a broken taillight. Richard A. Webster, Washington Post, "One in 7 adults in New Orleans have a warrant out for their arrest, new data shows," 20 Sep. 2019 Open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle: Cedar Road At 1:10 a.m. July 27, an officer stopped a car that was being driven without functioning headlights or taillights. cleveland.com, "Headlight violation leads to arrest of man on gun, drug charges: University Heights police blotter," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of taillight

1844, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2020

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“Taillight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taillight. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of taillight

: a red light at the back of a vehicle

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