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[nahyt-lahyt] /ˈnaɪtˌlaɪt/
a usually dim light kept burning at night, as in a child's bedroom.
Origin of night-light
First recorded in 1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When the dawn was creeping ghostlike into the room and the night-light was tottering in its saucer, Essie stirred and woke.

    The Romance of His Life Mary Cholmondeley
  • The night-light was casting an unsteady glimmer over the room.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • I had caught the smallest glimmer, like a night-light, floating on the water.

    Pieces of Eight Richard le Gallienne
  • "I wish we had a night-light, John," Mrs. Murphy said, as she got up from her prayers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • As she passed before the night-light, the silhouette of a giantess, fabulously obese, jumped out and vanished from the wall.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • A Child's night-light, too, has nothing mysterious in its look.

  • I had the impression that the arm was raised, pointing with the hand towards the mantlepiece, on which a night-light was burning.

    True Ghost Stories Hereward Carrington
  • In Herman Medfield's room, the night-light was carefully shaded.

    Aunt Jane Jennette Lee
  • The daylight stole swiftly into the room, making the night-light no longer necessary, and she moved softly to put it out.

    Bert Lloyd's Boyhood J. McDonald Oxley
  • He plunges the pellet into the night-light, where it swells and fumes greasily.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for night-light


a dim light burning at night, esp for children
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for night-light

1640s, "faint light visible in the sky at night," from night + light (n.). As "small light used in rooms at night to keep them from total darkness" from 1851.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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