the limelight

Definition of the limelight

  1. :  public attention or notice thought of as a bright light that shines on someone She is a very private woman who never sought the limelight. When his new book caused an unexpected controversy, he was thrust into the limelight once again. He doesn't like having to share the limelight with other actors.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a stage lighting instrument producing illumination by means of an oxyhydrogen flame directed on a cylinder of lime and usually equipped with a lens to concentrate the light in a beam

    :  the white light produced by such an instrument

    :  spotlight

  1. :  to center attention on :  spotlight

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clearly seen through or understood

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