footlight

[ foo t-lahyt ]
/ ˈfʊtˌlaɪt /

noun

Usually footlights. Theater. the lights at the front of a stage that are nearly on a level with the feet of the performers.
the footlights, the stage; acting profession.

Nearby words

  1. footing,
  2. footing piece,
  3. footle,
  4. footless,
  5. footlet,
  6. footlights,
  7. footling,
  8. footling presentation,
  9. footlocker,
  10. footlong

Origin of footlight

First recorded in 1830–40; foot + light1

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British Dictionary definitions for footlights

footlights

/ (ˈfʊtˌlaɪts) /

pl n theatre

lights set in a row along the front of the stage floor and shielded on the audience side
informal the acting profession; the stage
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Word Origin and History for footlights

footlights

n.

1836, from foot (of the stage) + light (n.).

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