torch·​light | \ ˈtȯrch-ˌlīt How to pronounce torchlight (audio) \

Definition of torchlight

1 : light given by torches
2 : torch

Examples of torchlight in a Sentence

The men worked by torchlight.

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But the colonists also engaged in a certain amount of animal behavior—vandalism, rioting by torchlight, work with tar and feathers. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Political Harassment Is for the Birds," 6 July 2018 His status as a substitute in Montgomery was frozen Nov. 1 after allegations surfaced about his participation in the Charlottesville torchlight protest. Washington Post, "Students ‘horrified’ about coach with white nationalist ties, school says," 10 Jan. 2018 In spite of Prohibition, corks were popped and people celebrated with torchlight parades, police and fire sirens, and car horns. Nancie Clare, Los Angeles Magazine, "How the World’s First Movie Stars Made Sure Beverly Hills Didn’t Become Part of L.A.," 20 Feb. 2018 Stage Big Parade Tonight, at Hitler's order, Berlin storm troopers staged a gigantic torchlight parade past the chancellory in honor of the president and their doughty little leader., "Hitler takes power," 31 Jan. 2018 The dedication came on the heels of a massive torchlight parade that began on the steps of the University of Havana Saturday night and flowed through the streets of the capital. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "José Martí rides again in Havana thanks to American donations and a famous statue," 28 Jan. 2018 In Charlottesville, Virginia, a court injunction temporarily halted the city's plans to sell its Robert E. Lee monument while alt-right leader Richard Spencer led a torchlight protest this past weekend reminiscent of Klan rallies of the past. Kevin M. Levin, Smithsonian, "What Richmond Has Gotten Right About Interpreting Its Confederate History," 18 May 2017 That evening, to commemorate the landmark amendment, thousands marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in a torchlight procession. Smithsonian, "What a Simple Pen Reminds Us About Ulysses S. Grant’s Vision for a Post-Civil War America," 24 Oct. 2017 In August, Spencer led a coalition of white supremacists in a torchlight march across the University of Virginia campus that touched off a weekend of deadly clashes, killing one. Angela Helm, The Root, "Richard Spencer and His Tiki Torch Bitches Are Back, Media Calls Them ‘White Activists’," 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of torchlight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of torchlight

: the light from a burning torch
British : the light from a flashlight

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