- (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.
- the light so produced.
- Chiefly British. a lighting unit, especially a spotlight.
Examples from the Web for limelight
The brazen land grab of Crimea was planned while Putin was enjoying the limelight of the Sochi Winter Olympics.Putin Is Lying on Ukraine—and the West Can’t Stop Him|Jamie Dettmer|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, Cooke can never really bring himself to see Joplin as ruined by the limelight.
There were speeches, but not from Joe Sutter, who held back from the limelight.
But it became pretty clear once Levine was in the limelight why this Jane dumped his ass.
And it would get certain celebrities out of the limelight for 30 days, making room for even more celebrities.
He knew that Jeff would fling him at once into the limelight.The Vision Spendid|William MacLeod Raine
Our souls had followed it over the footlights, and, floating in the limelight, shone there awaiting the fulfilment of the promise.Prose Fancies|Richard Le Gallienne
But when the limelight was shown it could contain its approval no longer.The Phoenix and the Carpet|E. Nesbit
You're a play-actor with a gift for staging yourself and you're as hungry for the limelight as a circus girl in spangles.Kenny|Leona Dalrymple
His vanity objected to another man holding the limelight while he was present.Brand Blotters|William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for limelight
- a type of lamp, formerly used in stage lighting, in which light is produced by heating lime to white heat
- Also called: calcium light brilliant white light produced in this way
Word Origin and History for limelight
1826, popular name for Drummond light, a brilliant light created by the incandescence of lime (n.1); adopted for lighthouses and later for the Victorian stage, where it illuminated the principal actors, hence the figurative sense of "on stage, at the center of attention" (1877).