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lite

[lahyt] /laɪt/ Informal.
adjective
1.
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.
2.
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.
noun
3.
light2 (def 36).
Origin of lite
1965-1970
First recorded in 1965-70; an informal, simplified spelling of light2
Related forms
liteness, noun
Can be confused
lite, light.

-lite

1.
a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils:
aerolite; chrysolite.
Also, -lyte2 .
Compare -lith.
Origin
< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith
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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

lite

/laɪt/
adjective
1.
(of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
2.
denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thing: reggae lite
Word Origin
C20: variant spelling of light²

-lite

combining form
1.
(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
adj.

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]

-lite

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for lite

lite

adjective

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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