[ foot-lahyt ]
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  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.

Origin of footlight

First recorded in 1830–40; foot + light1

Words Nearby footlight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use footlight in a sentence

  • 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
  • footlight paralysis is one of the most terrifying of all acute diseases and there is no cure for it but experience.

  • Jefferson had really fallen asleep, and his snores, it is said, were quite audible beyond the footlight.

  • No living creature excites such general curiosity, interest, and perhaps admiration and envy, as this footlight queen.

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

    Visual Signaling | Signal Corps United States Army