brake light

[ breyk-lahyt ]

  1. a taillight that lights up as the driver of a vehicle steps on the brake pedal to slow down or stop.

Origin of brake light

First recorded in 1850–55 (for railroad trains)

Words Nearby brake light Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use brake light in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for brake light

brake light

  1. a red light attached to the rear of a motor vehicle that lights up when the brakes are applied, serving as a warning to following drivers: Also called: stoplight

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