Origin of taillight

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

Historical Examples of taillight

  • We gained the graveled footpath only to see the taillight of the car dwindling to the north!

  • 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