follow Dictionary.com

13 Essential Literary Terms

lightness1

[lahyt-nis] /ˈlaɪt nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being light in weight:
the amazing lightness of the new metal.
2.
the quality of being agile, nimble, or graceful.
3.
lack of pressure or burdensomeness.
4.
lack of seriousness; levity in actions, thoughts, or speech:
That kind of lightness seemed out of place.
5.
gaiety of manner, speech, style, etc.; cheerfulness:
His lightness was just what the party needed.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English. See light2, -ness
Synonyms
2. agility, grace, nimbleness, sprightliness.

lightness2

[lahyt-nis] /ˈlaɪt nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being light or illuminated.
2.
thin or pale coloration.
3.
the relative degree to which an object reflects light, especially light of complementary or nearly complementary colors.
Origin
before 1050; Middle English; Old English līhtness. See light1, -ness
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for lightness
  • But our bodies use cues about lightness and dark to regulate our hormones and of course our sleep cycles.
  • But there was no mistaking the lightness of his résumé.
  • It is almost invariably white, which emphasizes its lightness and modernity.
  • With all his lightness of manner, he is essentially a witness under oath, and testifies only to what he is confident he knows.
  • Still others look at policies, such as trade openness or lightness of taxation.
  • Let us not forget this is a ginormous building that projects a feeling of lightness.
  • Whether that lightness of touch is adequate to respond to the challenge is another matter.
  • lightness is a sign of refinement, darkness is considered coarse.
  • Rather it required intelligence, restraint and a tricky lightness of touch.
  • The weight of the bone cried out for an element of lightness.
British Dictionary definitions for lightness

lightness

/ˈlaɪtnɪs/
noun
1.
the attribute of an object or colour that enables an observer to judge the extent to which the object or colour reflects or transmits incident light See also colour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for lightness
n.

"quality of having little weight," late Old English, from light (adj.1) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for lightness

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for lightness

13
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with lightness