[ teyl-lahyt ]
/ ˈteɪlˌlaɪt /


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

Nearby words

  1. tailings,
  2. taille,
  3. tailleferre,
  4. tailles,
  5. tailleur,
  6. tailor,
  7. tailor's bunion,
  8. tailor's chalk,
  9. tailor's muscle,
  10. tailor's-tack

Origin of taillight

First recorded in 1835–45; tail1 + light1

Also called tail lamp.

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Examples from the Web for taillight

  • He smoked in silence, keeping his eyes on the red glow of the taillight ahead of them.

    The Penal Cluster|Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • Rand kept Cabot's taillight in sight until the broker swung into his drive and put his car in the garage.

    Murder in the Gunroom|Henry Beam Piper
  • We gained the graveled footpath only to see the taillight of the car dwindling to the north!