light·​house ˈlīt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce lighthouse (audio)
: a structure (such as a tower) with a powerful light that gives a continuous or intermittent signal to navigators

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Joe spent hours on a little weeding bench, tidying their garden, while Helen painted pictures of the island’s historic lighthouse and its seabirds. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2022 Robert Pattinson gives one of his best performances to date as one of two guys (the other being a very grumpy and very gassy Willem Dafoe) who are left maintaining a lighthouse for far too long. Men's Health, 21 Oct. 2022 Billups became the lighthouse in the storm for the Blazers amid their turmoil last season, but even as the Blazers rapidly rebuilt, one important question remains unanswered. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 19 Oct. 2022 Concrete was revived in the 19th century after an engineer figured out how to use it to build a lighthouse that could withstand storms and fires. Abby Mcganney Nolan, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022 Malcom dried himself off and, in the shadow of a giant red steel lighthouse—the oldest in the Florida Keys, built in 1852—summed up the wreck hunt. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 Some say it’s the soul of a former lighthouse keeper. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022 That late-in-the-game change adds a level of suspense to the film’s airborne sequences — a few of which, like the early lighthouse run, exist simply to give audiences a taste of that same exhilaration these men experienced in the cockpit. Peter Debruge, Variety, 21 Sep. 2022 For decades, ships and boats at sea used lighthouse lights to navigate. Sun Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lighthouse was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Lighthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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light·​house -ˌhau̇s How to pronounce lighthouse (audio)
: a tower with a powerful light at the top that is built on or near the shore to guide sailors at night
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