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noun

a powerful type of arc light once widely used in motion-picture studios.

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Origin of klieg light

1925–30, Americanism; named after the brothers J. H. Kliegl (1869–1959) and Anton Kliegl (1872–1927), German-born American inventors; final l of Kliegl probably taken as initial l of light
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British Dictionary definitions for klieg light

klieg light
/ (kliːɡ) /

noun

an intense carbon-arc light used for illumination in producing films
C20: named after John H. Kliegl (1869–1959) and his brother Anton (1872–1927), German-born American inventors in the field of lighting
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