a light or lamp, usually equipped with a reflector, on the front of an automobile, locomotive, etc.

Origin of headlight

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; head + light1
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Related Words for headlight

ocular, blinder, optic, lamp, oculus, peeper, eyeball, pie

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British Dictionary definitions for headlight




a powerful light, equipped with a reflector and attached to the front of a motor vehicle, locomotive, etcSee also quartz-iodine lamp
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Word Origin and History for headlight

1861, originally of ships and locomotives, from head (n.) + light (n.). Related: Headlights, which, as slang for "a woman's breasts," is from 1940s.

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