Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Fall Head Over Heels...

red-light

[red-lahyt] /ˈrɛdˈlaɪt/
verb (used with object), red-lighted, red-lighting.
1.
Informal. to stop or deter by means of or as if with a red light.
Origin of red-light
1895-1900
1895-1900

red light

noun
1.
a red lamp, used as a traffic signal to mean “stop.”.
2.
an order or directive to halt an action, project, etc.:
There's a red light on all unnecessary expenses.
3.
a children's running game in which players must stop when “Red light!” is called.
4.
a signal of danger; warning.
Origin
1840-50
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for red-light
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The "stockade" was famous among the red-light institutions of the country.

    Abroad at Home Julian Street
  • It buys no votes and it makes no canvass in the red-light districts.

    Labor and Freedom Eugene V. Debs
  • It is not easy to find the right attitude toward this red-light literature.

  • You turn your red-light and hold everything that comes along.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • So, quick as a flash she picked up the red-light standing near, and started down the track.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
British Dictionary definitions for red-light

red light

noun
1.
a signal to stop, esp a red traffic signal in a system of traffic lights
2.
a danger signal
3.
an instruction to stop or discontinue
4.
  1. a red lamp in a window of or outside a house indicating that it is a brothel
  2. (as modifier): a red-light district
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 of the Day

Difficulty index for red-light

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for red

4
4
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for red-light