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limelight

[ lahym-lahyt ]
/ ˈlaɪmˌlaɪt /
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noun

Theater.
  1. (formerly) a lighting unit for spotlighting the front of the stage, producing illumination by means of a flame of mixed gases directed at a cylinder of lime and having a special lens for concentrating the light in a strong beam.
  2. the light so produced.
  3. Chiefly British. a lighting unit, especially a spotlight.
the center of public attention, interest, observation, or notoriety: He seems fond of the limelight.

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Origin of limelight

First recorded in 1820–30; lime1 + light1
limelighter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for limelight

limelight
/ (ˈlaɪmˌlaɪt) /

noun

the limelight a position of public attention or notice (esp in the phrase in the limelight)
  1. a type of lamp, formerly used in stage lighting, in which light is produced by heating lime to white heat
  2. Also called: calcium light brilliant white light produced in this way
limelighter, noun
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