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footlight

[foo t-lahyt]
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noun
  1. Usually footlights. Theater. the lights at the front of a stage that are nearly on a level with the feet of the performers.
  2. the footlights, the stage; acting profession.
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Origin of footlight

First recorded in 1830–40; foot + light1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for footlight

Historical Examples

  • They are nothing but footlight beauties: they look ghastly off the boards.

    The Girl From His Town

    Marie Van Vorst

  • There's far more heroism in the attitude of men out here than in the footlight attitude that journalists paint for the public.

    Carry On

    Coningsby Dawson

  • He did not mean it literally, footlight affairs being unfashionable.

    The Business of Life

    Robert W. Chambers

  • To use the torch or hand lantern, a footlight must be employed as a point of reference to the motion.

  • Dazed and wordless, weak from stage-fright, he permitted himself to be led forth into the terrifying glare of the footlight world.

    The Light of the Star

    Hamlin Garland