- 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.
Origin of lite
- a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; chrysolite.
Origin of -lite
Examples from the Web for lite
Ngai associates it with other "lite" aesthetic categories promulgated by postwar consumer culture: quaint, wacky, quirky, cool.Zany, Cute, Interesting: What the Words We Use Say About Us
October 23, 2012
Even The Wall Street Journal weighed in, describing LeMieux as nothing more than “Charlie Crist lite.”Another GOP Star Stumbles
September 4, 2009
Why should not these members of the lite have exceptional enjoyment?Ten Tales
This lite of which the University is thus robbed must be got back.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 6 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
The choicest of the lite were there,—ladies in demi-toilet and bonneted.Music and Some Highly Musical People
James M. Trotter
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
- (of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
- denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thingreggae lite
- (in names of minerals) stonechrysolite Compare -lith
Word Origin and History for lite
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-).