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[hous-lahyts] /ˈhaʊsˌlaɪts/
plural noun
the lamps providing illumination of the auditorium or seating area of a theater.
Origin of houselights
First recorded in 1915-20; house + light1 + -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for house lights
Historical Examples
  • Carlotta's eyes were blinded for a moment by the glare of the house lights.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The electrician moved the rheostat which dimmed the house lights.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • The house lights went on and the manager of the theater came on the stage.

    Double Take Richard Wilson
  • The moon was long gone, but the house lights made a halo all about.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
  • As we came up the lane at dusk we saw the glimmer of the house lights.

    The Jonathan Papers

    Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
  • Well, just before they came, they turned the house lights on, and I looked out from the curtains and saw the man.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • In one house lights were seen and voices heard, where the population (I was told) sat playing cards.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • As soon as the glare of the house lights was out of his eyes, Griswold made a quick circuit of the porch.

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • When the curtain went down on the last act, the applause was choked off by the flashing on of the house lights.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • The house lights up brilliantly at night, being finished in red, white, and gold.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for house lights

house lights

plural noun
the lights in the auditorium of a theatre, cinema, etc
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