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

Examples of torchlight in a Sentence

The men worked by torchlight.
Recent Examples on the Web Hollow-eyed doctors and nurses work in torchlight in a health system that is on its knees. CBS News, 12 Nov. 2023 Gopal captured the animal’s portrait using a long exposure and torchlight. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Oct. 2023 During the torchlight procession, 20,000 people, all holding burning candles or procession wristbands, make their way through Old Town in celebration of the upcoming year. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 12 Oct. 2023 On Thursday, just after dark, more than 3,200 beacons will be ignited, reimagining and repurposing the torchlight relays once deployed in England to warn of a possible invasion — from marauding Vikings in 793 or the Spanish Armada in 1588 or Napoleon in 1803. William Booth, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 From colorful torchlight street parades to cleaning relatives’ graves and sharing meals with family and friends, every region in the vast Southeast Asian archipelago seems to have its own way to mark the start of Ramadan, highlighting the nation’s diverse cultural heritage. Niniek Karmini, ajc, 22 Mar. 2023 The trip starts with an evening boat ride, followed by a hike and dinner by a campfire, then the ultimate twilight treat: floating down the river beneath a blanket of darkness—with only one torchlight per boat to illuminate the potential leopards, porcupines, and gibbons en route. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Feb. 2023 Lac des Loups, by contrast, is about an hour from the city center, so Mr. Mayer relies on both the reputation of his smooth ice to draw customers, as well as novel events, like torchlight skating nights, also offered at Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville, Ontario. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022 The arena was the first space in San Antonio built just for wrestling, with occasional boxing matches hosted on off nights, after decades when the professional sport shifted uneasily from fairgrounds by torchlight to dicey indoor venues and as a despised presence in Municipal Auditorium. Paula Allen,, 12 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Torchlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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