[ lahyt ]
/ laɪt /
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.
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Origin of lite
First recorded in 1965–70; an informal, simplified spelling of light2
OTHER WORDS FROM liteliteness, noun
Definition for lite (2 of 2)
a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; chrysolite.
Origin of -lite
<French, simplified form of -lithe<Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith
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British Dictionary definitions for lite (1 of 2)
/ (laɪt) /
(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
Word Origin for lite
C20: variant spelling of light ²
British Dictionary definitions for lite (2 of 2)
n combining form
(in names of minerals) stonechrysolite Compare -lith
Word Origin for -lite
from French -lite or -lithe, from Greek lithos stone
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