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[teyl-lahyt] /ˈteɪlˌlaɪt/
a light, usually red, at the rear of an automobile, train, etc.
Also called tail lamp.
Origin of taillight
First recorded in 1835-45; tail1 + light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Galusha Bangs watched its tail-light soar and dwindle until it disappeared over the crest.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The tail-light of the roadster was just vanishing around a corner.

  • We gained the gravelled footpath only to see the tail-light of the car dwindling to the north!

    The Devil Doctor Sax Rohmer
  • They were similar in principle to some of the tail-light lenses used at present on automobiles.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • The little car rattled away, following the tail-light of the other automobile.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
  • Then, that having consented and the flag being lowered, a fellow-driver asked our man to help him with his tail-light.

  • Not once in all that time did they catch sight of that tail-light.

  • Until the tail-light of the train glimmered into obscurity around the curve, Remsen stood uncovered in the gale.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • As they rounded a corner, they caught the red gleam of a tail-light disappearing at the next turn.

  • Not until the tail-light of the last coach was receding like a great red firefly in the gloom did David get up.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for tail-light


other names for rear light
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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