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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • The moon was long gone, but the house lights made a halo all about.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
  • The house lights filtered through curtains, to show the outline of a flier in the middle of the court.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • 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
  • 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
  • A bell rang faintly from behind the wings, the house lights sank, and the footlights blazed up.

    Vandover and the Brute Frank Norris
  • Carlotta's eyes were blinded for a moment by the glare of the house lights.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • house lights glimmer here and there, but only by the lead are we able to keep our distance.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • 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
  • A beautiful Palladian window in the west end of the house lights this landing and the entire cross hall.

British Dictionary definitions for house lights

house lights

plural noun
the lights in the auditorium of a theatre, cinema, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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