[ nahyt-lahyt ]

  1. a usually dim light kept burning at night, as in a child's bedroom.

Origin of night-light

First recorded in 1640–50

Words Nearby night-light Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use night-light in a sentence

  • A night-light burnt on the table, where cups and bottles were ranged, a spirit-lamp and kettle, and other necessaries.

  • "I wish we had a night-light, John," Mrs. Murphy said, as she got up from her prayers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories | Elliott O'Donnell
  • When little boys are in bed there is nothing between them and bears and wolves but the night-light.

    The Little White Bird | J. M. Barrie
  • Until he was seven he had been allowed a bit of glimmer, a tiny wick floating in a silver dish of lard-oil, for a night-light.

    Long Live the King | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Calm as the solitary night-light before her open eyes, her spirit was wasting away.

    Evan Harrington, Complete | George Meredith

British Dictionary definitions for night-light


  1. a dim light burning at night, esp for children

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