lite

[ lahyt ]

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.

Origin of lite

1
First recorded in 1965–70; an informal, simplified spelling of light2

Other words from lite

  • liteness, noun

Other definitions for -lite (2 of 2)

-lite

  1. a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; chrysolite.

Origin of -lite

2
<French, simplified form of -lithe<Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith

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How to use lite in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lite (1 of 2)

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

Origin of lite

1
C20: variant spelling of light ²

British Dictionary definitions for -lite (2 of 2)

-lite

n combining form
  1. (in names of minerals) stone: chrysolite Compare -lith

Origin of -lite

2
from French -lite or -lithe, from Greek lithos stone

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