[haf-lahyt, hahf-]


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
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Examples from the Web for half-light

Historical Examples of half-light

  • The man was blind in daylight, and could see in darkness or half-light.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He was nervous and excited, and his eyes shone in the half-light.

  • He stands a moment bewildered by the half-light, then calls sharply: "Larry!"

    The First and The Last

    John Galsworthy

  • The walls were spotless and the red-tiled floor shone in the half-light.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc

  • He stood in the half-light, one hand on the table, the other clasping the picture.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

British Dictionary definitions for half-light



a dim light, as at dawn or dusk
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