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headlight

[hed-lahyt]
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noun
  1. a light or lamp, usually equipped with a reflector, on the front of an automobile, locomotive, etc.

Origin of headlight

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; head + light1
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Examples from the Web for headlight

Historical Examples

  • My eyes were dazzled by a headlight that one of them carried.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson

  • The glass in the headlight of one of the cars tinkled to the ground.

  • The glare of the headlight fascinated, challenged, angered him.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke

  • It was from the headlight of a locomotive that we couldn't see yet.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • It was pretty bright in our car on account of the headlight from the engine.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh


British Dictionary definitions for headlight

headlight

headlamp

noun
  1. a powerful light, equipped with a reflector and attached to the front of a motor vehicle, locomotive, etcSee also quartz-iodine lamp
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

Word Origin and History for headlight

n.

1861, originally of ships and locomotives, from head (n.) + light (n.). Related: Headlights, which, as slang for "a woman's breasts," is from 1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper