[ lahyt ]
/ laɪt /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for litest


/ (laɪt) /


(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

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Word Origin and History for litest



alternative spelling of light (adj.1), by 1962. Used from at least 1917 in product names, often as a variation of light (n.).

The word Adjusto-Lite for portable electric lamps was opposed by the user of a trade mark Auto-lite registered before the date of use claimed by the applicant. ["The Trade-Mark Reporter," 1922]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper