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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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 View 24 Photos The Lincoln’s horizontal taillights add visual width. James Lipman, Car and Driver, "2018 Lincoln Navigator L Black Label 4x4," 14 Mar. 2018 Even the strongest Boulder cyclists now run blinking taillights during daylight hours—a habit that was considered taboo only a few years ago. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 That bar houses the LED taillights and the third safety light. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018 On the back side, Mazda uses a piece of metallic trim to join the taillights and another bit of trim just above the twin exhaust pipes. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Mazda CX-9 review: 90% of the luxury for 75% of the price," 27 Apr. 2018 The textured taillights and protruding dual exhaust tips are fantastic details, but unfortunately, Lego wasn’t able to find a way to incorporate the signature quarter-window louvers. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Fastbrick: Ford and Lego Snap Together a 1968 Mustang Fastback Kit for the Seven-Year-Old in Everyone," 9 Feb. 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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