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[lahyt] /laɪt/ Informal.
noting a commercial product that is low in calories or low in any substance considered undesirable, as compared with a product of the same type: used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products:
lite beer.
noting a version that is comparatively less extreme, profound, advanced, etc., than the typical version (often used postpositively): The film glossed over the dangers of the experiment with a science-lite explanation.
The lite version of the app is available for mobile download.
light2 (def 36).
Origin of lite
First recorded in 1965-70; an informal, simplified spelling of light2
Related forms
liteness, noun
Can be confused
lite, light.


a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils:
aerolite; chrysolite.
Also, -lyte2 .
Compare -lith.
< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Why should not these members of the lite have exceptional enjoyment?

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • This lite of which the University is thus robbed must be got back.

  • The choicest of the lite were there,—ladies in demi-toilet and bonneted.

  • The elect of God, the lite of all the centuries, of whom the world was not worthy.

    Talks To Farmers Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • The lite of intelligence and fashion honored us with their presence.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • The war has transformed this town, once sought after by the lite of society.

    My Own Affairs

    Louise, Princess of Belgium
  • How much finer for a man of the lite to stand aside from the rout!

  • First of all the American Negro is the lite, the aristocracy of Liberia.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
British Dictionary definitions for lite


(of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thing: reggae lite
Word Origin
C20: variant spelling of light²


combining form
(in names of minerals) stone: chrysolite Compare -lith
Word Origin
from French -lite or -lithe, from Greek lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for lite

alternative spelling of light (adj.1), by 1962. Used from at least 1917 in product names, often as a variation of light (n.).

The word Adjusto-Lite for portable electric lamps was opposed by the user of a trade mark Auto-lite registered before the date of use claimed by the applicant. ["The Trade-Mark Reporter," 1922]


word-forming element meaning "stone," from French -lite, variant of -lithe, from Greek lithos "stone" (see litho-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lite



Not serious; not scholarly; watered down; popularized: there's myth lite apres Joseph Campbell, Pinkola Estes, etc

[1980s+; fr the misspelling of light used to identify less fattening, less intoxicating, etc, products, esp beer]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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