light·​house | \ ˈlīt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce lighthouse (audio) \

Definition of lighthouse

1 : a structure (such as a tower) with a powerful light that gives a continuous or intermittent signal to navigators

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Illustration of lighthouse

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Examples of lighthouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Check out the artist’s other lighthouse designs ($34-$68). Barbara Haddock Taylor,, 11 Nov. 2021 And, for the first time, people will be able to ride the elevator to the top of the new, 10-story lighthouse tower at the Door County Maritime Museum. Ariel Cheung,, 20 Oct. 2021 The lighthouse appears utterly untouched by the nuclear blasts and the area is surrounded in heavy fog. Erik Kain, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 And even once the lighthouse beam moves on, groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International will be chronicling the rule of terror in Myanmar. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Aug. 2021 The lighthouse is closed for the rest of 2021 after a flood caused damage this summer, but tours are typically offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Nov. 2021 There is a lighthouse, called Faro di Punta Palascia, which is definitely the easternmost point of the country; it is considered as the place where the days start in Italy. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Oct. 2021 Performance, image, exposure and resilience are the lighthouse that will keep you focused in the right direction. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The second-oldest lighthouse in America is in danger. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of lighthouse

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lighthouse was in 1622

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20 Nov 2021

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“Lighthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lighthouse

: a tower with a powerful light that is built on or near the shore to guide ships away from danger


light·​house | \ ˈlīt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce lighthouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of lighthouse

: a tower that produces a powerful glow to guide sailors at night or in poor visibility


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