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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for night-light
Historical Examples
  • Madame Beattie, up there with her night-light and her book, she knew she hated.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • "I wish we had a night-light, John," Mrs. Murphy said, as she got up from her prayers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • A Child's night-light, too, has nothing mysterious in its look.

  • The night-light was casting an unsteady glimmer over the room.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • Rachael rose on her elbow, shook her pillows, flashed a night-light on her watch.

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
  • Julien insisted on lighting the night-light in spite of his mistress's opposition.

  • In Herman Medfield's room, the night-light was carefully shaded.

    Aunt Jane Jennette Lee
  • He plunges the pellet into the night-light, where it swells and fumes greasily.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • She turned down the night-light and tiptoed out of the room.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • A night-light was burning in the room; and he saw Dolores, on a sofa, fainting.

    813 Maurice Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for night-light


a dim light burning at night, esp for children
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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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