noting a commercial product that is low in calories or low in any substance considered undesirable, as compared with a product of the same type: used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products: lite beer.
noting a version that is comparatively less extreme, profound, advanced, etc., than the typical version (often used postpositively): The film glossed over the dangers of the experiment with a science-lite explanation. The lite version of the app is available for mobile download.


Nearby words

  1. lit.d.,
  2. litany,
  3. litas,
  4. litchi,
  5. litchi nut,
  6. liter,
  7. literacy,
  8. literacy hour,
  9. literacy test,
  10. literae humaniores

Origin of lite

First recorded in 1965–70; an informal, simplified spelling of light2

Related formslite·ness, noun

Can be confusedlite light


a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; chrysolite.
Also -lyte2.

Compare -lith.

Origin of -lite

< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lite

British Dictionary definitions for lite



(of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thingreggae lite

Word Origin for lite

C20: variant spelling of light ²


n combining form

(in names of minerals) stonechrysolite Compare -lith

Word Origin for -lite

from French -lite or -lithe, from Greek lithos stone

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Word Origin and History for lite
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