[ uh-lit ]
/ əˈlɪt /


a simple past tense and past participle of alight1.

Nearby words

  1. alisa,
  2. alison,
  3. alisphenoid,
  4. alissa,
  5. alist,
  6. aliterate,
  7. aliturgical,
  8. aliunde,
  9. alive,
  10. alive and kicking


[ uh-lahyt ]
/ əˈlaɪt /

verb (used without object), a·light·ed or a·lit, a·light·ing.

to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.
to settle or stay after descending: The bird alighted on the tree.
to encounter or notice something accidentally.

Origin of alight

before 1000; Middle English alighten, Old English ālīhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + līhtan to relieve (originally an animal mount) of weight, light2) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alit


/ (əˈlɪt) /


a rare past tense and past participle of alight 1


/ (əˈlaɪt) /

verb alights, alighting, alighted or alit (intr)

(usually foll by from) to step out (of) or get down (from)to alight from a taxi
to come to rest; settle; landa thrush alighted on the wall

Word Origin for alight

Old English ālīhtan, from a- ² + līhtan to make less heavy, from līht light ²


/ (əˈlaɪt) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

burning; on fire
illuminated; lit up

Word Origin for alight

Old English ālīht lit up, from ālīhtan to light up; see light 1

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