[ haf-lahyt, hahf- ]
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  1. light that is about half its customary brightness, or that is partially dimmed or obscured: the half-light of early dawn; a room in half-light.

Origin of half-light

First recorded in 1615–25

Words Nearby half-light

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How to use half-light in a sentence

  • And away we went into the woods, she leading, her kilts flashing through the golden half-light.

    In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for half-light


  1. a dim light, as at dawn or dusk

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