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[lahyt] /laɪt/
an informal, simplified spelling of light2 (defs 12, 13), used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products:
lite beer.
light2 (def 36).
Related forms
liteness, noun
Can be confused
lite, light.


a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils:
aerolite; chrysolite.
Also, -lyte2 .
Compare -lith.
Origin of -lite
< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lite


(of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thing: reggae lite
Word Origin
C20: variant spelling of light²


combining form
(in names of minerals) stone: chrysolite Compare -lith
Word Origin
from French -lite or -lithe, from Greek lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for lite

alternative spelling of light (adj.1), by 1962. Used from at least 1917 in product names, often as a variation of light (n.).

The word Adjusto-Lite for portable electric lamps was opposed by the user of a trade mark Auto-lite registered before the date of use claimed by the applicant. ["The Trade-Mark Reporter," 1922]


word-forming element meaning "stone," from French -lite, variant of -lithe, from Greek lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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Not serious; not scholarly; watered down; popularized: there's myth lite apres Joseph Campbell, Pinkola Estes, etc

[1980s+; fr the misspelling of light used to identify less fattening, less intoxicating, etc, products, esp beer]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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lite in Technology
(Misspelling of "light", when used to mean "lightweight") A suffix denoting a scaled-down or crippled product, often designed to be distributed without charge, e.g. on a magazine coverdisk. An example is pklite.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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