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[sahyd-lahyt] /ˈsaɪdˌlaɪt/
an item of incidental information.
either of two lights carried by a vessel under way at night, a red one on the port side and a green on the starboard.
light coming from the side.
a window or other aperture for light in the side of a building, ship, etc.
a window at the side of a door or another window.
Origin of sidelight
1600-10; side1 + light1 Unabridged
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  • There may be an interesting sidelight on your remarks.
  • But he is better known for his highly public sidelight.
  • The latest developments suggest the ruckus will remain a sidelight to the politically charged dispute.
  • Her work is too often regarded as a sidelight to sculpture-intensive minimalism.
  • There's an interesting sidelight regarding the use of peoples' names.
  • The other sidelight was the only sour note on the whole voyage.
  • There's symmetry in the angles that form the sides of the upper and lower grilles, fog light housings, and sidelight markers.
  • Proposal to remove three lites from an existing entry sidelight storefront and install an aluminum multi-tenant mailbox.
  • Strong sidelight during the early morning and late evening hours often times provide better structural definition.
  • Each sidelight consists of two vertical rows of five panes each, over a molded panel.
British Dictionary definitions for sidelight


light coming from the side
a side window
either of the two navigational running lights used by vessels at night, a red light on the port and a green on the starboard
(Brit) either of two small lights on the front of a motor vehicle, used to indicate the presence of the vehicle at night rather than to assist the driver
additional or incidental information
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Word Origin and History for sidelight

also side-light, c.1600, "light coming from the side," from side (adj.) + light (n.). Figurative meaning "incidental information on a subject" is attested from 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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