Origin of night-light

First recorded in 1640–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for night-light

Historical Examples of night-light

  • Madame Beattie, up there with her night-light and her book, she knew she hated.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

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

    Scottish Ghost Stories

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • A Child's night-light, too, has nothing mysterious in its look.

  • The night-light was casting an unsteady glimmer over the room.


    George Sand

  • Rachael rose on her elbow, shook her pillows, flashed a night-light on her watch.

    The Heart of Rachael

    Kathleen Norris

British Dictionary definitions for night-light


  1. a dim light burning at night, esp for children
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Word Origin and History for night-light

1640s, "faint light visible in the sky at night," from night + light (n.). As "small light used in rooms at night to keep them from total darkness" from 1851.

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