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 In addition to a new headlight and taillight design, the next-gen LS500 is also getting a technology bump with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "2021 Lexus LS500 Starts at $77,025," 11 Nov. 2020 Based on actual events, the play notes that Teddy’s infraction was a broken taillight. Washington Post, "Online festival highlights the powerful plays of undersung dramatist Adrienne Kennedy," 17 Dec. 2020 This guide assumes your rider already has a helmet, a decent headlight and a painfully bright blinky taillight. al, "Gift guide for cyclists: How to keep them on a roll," 2 Dec. 2020 An officer spotted a vehicle driving on Country Club Boulevard with a broken taillight lens cover that was emitting white light. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Damaged taillight leads to arrest on marijuana, weapons charges: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 3 Oct. 2020 The suspects were seen driving a dark-colored Ford Escape that's missing its rear driver's side taillight, police said. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, "Police searching for suspects in mass shooting that left 4 children injured," 15 Nov. 2020 Police arrested the man on the warrants and cited him for the taillight violation. cleveland, "Broken taillight leads to arrest of man wanted on three warrants: Beachwood police blotter," 3 Nov. 2020 The rear shot of the car shows the taillight stretching the span of the vehicle as a thin line just below the rear window. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "More 2022 Hyundai Tucson Design Details Visible in Teaser Photos," 2 Sep. 2020 The car was then pulled over for what was described as a taillight violation, according to Williams. Maria Cartaya, Lindsay Benson And Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Black man beaten by Georgia sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop says he 'feared for his life'," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of taillight

1844, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Taillight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taillight. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taillight

: a red light at the back of a vehicle

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