torch·​light ˈtȯrch-ˌlīt How to pronounce torchlight (audio)
: light given by torches
: torch

Example Sentences

The men worked by torchlight.
Recent Examples on the Web The cobblestone streets and Colonial holiday traditions like caroling by torchlight and a gun-salute display make this spot a must for any history buff. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 16 Nov. 2022 The trip ended with an evening cruise aboard a private pontoon; the camp's flickering torchlight is the only thing that distracts from the soundlessness of the riverine realm after the sun sets behind the ancient jackalberries. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 On Sunday, hundreds of Ukrainian nationalists held a torchlight march in the capital of Kyiv to mark the birthday of Stepan Bandera, the leader of a rebel militia that fought alongside Nazi soldiers in World War II. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 3 Jan. 2022 Hilltop’s Solstice Celebration — Hilltop Ski Area will celebrate the longest night of the year with a fireworks show and torchlight ski, and the festivities will also feature a reindeer farm, visits with Santa and a DJ. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Dec. 2021 Richard Spencer, the lead organizer for the August 11 torchlight rally, asked if Romero recognized him at either the tiki torch rally or the demonstrations the next day. Mark Morales And Ralph Ellis, CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 Jurors saw two contrasting images of Spencer, who led the torchlight march the night before the rally, in the courtroom on Thursday. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Part of the compound, the Beach Cafe is waterfront dining by torchlight. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 But as transporting as these embellishments are, we are held even more powerfully by the sheer force of Roman’s narration, by the glow of the torchlight on the faces of his captive audience and by their vigorous responses to each new twist and turn. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of torchlight was in the 15th century

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“Torchlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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torch·​light -ˌlīt How to pronounce torchlight (audio)
: the light given by torches
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