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  1. a light, usually red, at the rear of an automobile, train, etc.
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Origin of taillight

First recorded in 1835–45; tail1 + light1
Also called tail lamp.
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Examples from the Web for tail-light

Historical Examples of tail-light

  • The tail-light of the roadster was just vanishing around a corner.

    Motor Matt's Triumph, or, Three Speeds Forward

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • Not once in all that time did they catch sight of that tail-light.

  • They were similar in principle to some of the tail-light lenses used at present on automobiles.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • Galusha Bangs watched its tail-light soar and dwindle until it disappeared over the crest.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • If it hadnt been for that old tin can of yours stopping every ten feet last night I could have got a squint at the tail-light.

British Dictionary definitions for tail-light


tail lamp

  1. other names for rear light
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