- (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.
- the center of public attention, interest, observation, or notoriety: He seems fond of the limelight.
Origin of limelight
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Examples from the Web for limelight
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There were speeches, but not from Joe Sutter, who held back from the limelight.The Sexy Dream of the 747
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But it became pretty clear once Levine was in the limelight why this Jane dumped his ass.Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God
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"It must be jolly to know him out of the limelight," said the girl, seriously.Miss Pat at School
"Talk about clothes bringing one into the limelight," she commented.Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge
How many of those that stood out in the limelight of '98 can tell the tale to-day?The Trail of '98
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Uncle Peter crossed over and got in the limelight with Lizzie.You Should Worry Says John Henry
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Don't forget the team that has helped us all season, the team that doesn't get into the limelight.Left Guard Gilbert
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- the limelight a position of public attention or notice (esp in the phrase in the limelight)
- a type of lamp, formerly used in stage lighting, in which light is produced by heating lime to white heat
- Also called: calcium lightbrilliant white light produced in this way
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Word Origin and History for limelight
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