(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. of comparatively little physical weight or density

- a light load

- magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C

Similar word(s): lightweight, airy, buoyant, floaty

2. (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent

- light blue

- light colors such as pastels

- a light-colored powder

Similar word(s): white, pale, palish, pastel, powdery

3. of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment

- light infantry

- light cavalry

- light industry

4. not great in degree or quantity or number

- a light sentence

- a light accent

- casualties were light

5. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles

- a light heart

Similar word(s): casual, fooling

6. characterized by or emitting light

- a room that is light when the shutters are open

- the inside of the house was airy and light

Similar word(s): ablaze, inflamed, reddened, autofluorescent, bioluminescent, bright, candescent, floodlighted, floodlit, fluorescent, illuminated, lighted, lit, candent, incandescent, lamplit, livid, luminescent, phosphorescent, sunlit, sunstruck, white

7. (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress

- a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable

Similar word(s): unstressed, unaccented, weak

8. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned

- a light diet

Similar word(s): digestible

9. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency

- light soil

Similar word(s): loose

10. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims

- a light lilting voice like a silver bell

Similar word(s): pure, clean, clear, unclouded

11. moving easily and quickly; nimble; graceful.

- the dancer was light and graceful

- a lightsome buoyant step

- walked with a light tripping step

Similar word(s): lightsome, tripping

12. demanding little effort; not burdensome

- light housework

- light exercise

Similar word(s): undemanding

13. of little intensity or power or force

- the light touch of her fingers

- a light breeze

Similar word(s): easy, gentle, soft

14. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average

- light water is ordinary water

15. weak and likely to lose consciousness

- felt light in the head

- light-headed with wine

- light-headed from lack of sleep

Similar word(s): ill, sick, faint, lightheaded, swooning

16. very thin and insubstantial

- light summer dresses

Similar word(s): thin

17. marked by temperance in indulgence

- a light eater

- a light smoker

- ate a light supper

Similar word(s): temperate, abstemious

18. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

- a light pound

Similar word(s): deficient, insufficient, scant, short

19. having little importance

- losing his job was no light matter

Similar word(s): insignificant, unimportant

20. intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound

- light verse

- a light comedy

Similar word(s): frivolous, frothy

21. silly or trivial

- light banter

- light idle chatter

Similar word(s): frivolous, frothy, idle

22. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight

- light aircraft

- a light truck

23. having relatively few calories

- light (or lite) beer

- lite (or light) mayonnaise

Similar word(s): fatless, nonfat, lite

24. (of sleep) easily disturbed

- in a light doze

- a light sleeper

Similar word(s): shallow, wakeful

Sentences with light as an adjective:

- The room is light when the Sun shines through the window.

- She had light skin.

- I like my coffee light.

- My bag was much lighter once I had dropped off the books.

- We took a light aircraft down to the city.

- This artist clearly had a light, flowing touch.

- light duties around the house

- This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it.

- I made some light comment, and we moved on.

- light troops; a troop of light horse

- a light, vain person; a light mind

- light coin

- light sleep, light anesthesia


1. with few burdens

- experienced travellers travel light

Similar word(s): lightly

Sentences with light as an adverb:

- I prefer to travel light.


1. (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation

- the light was filtered through a soft glass window

Definition categories: phenomenon

2. any device serving as a source of illumination

- he stopped the car and turned off the lights

Definition categories: man–made

3. a particular perspective or aspect of a situation

- although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand

Definition categories: thought, perspective, position, view

4. the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light

Similar word(s): brightness, luminance, luminosity, luminousness

Definition categories: attribute

5. an illuminated area

- he stepped into the light

Definition categories: location, scene

6. a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination

- follow God's light

Similar word(s): illumination

Definition categories: state, condition, status

7. the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures

- he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark

Similar word(s): lightness

Definition categories: attribute

8. a person regarded very fondly

- the light of my life

Definition categories: person, friend

9. having abundant light or illumination

- they played as long as it was light

- as long as the lighting was good

Similar word(s): lighting

Definition categories: state, illumination

10. mental understanding as an enlightening experience

- he finally saw the light

- can you shed light on this problem?

Definition categories: thought, brainstorm, brainwave, insight

11. merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

Similar word(s): spark, sparkle, twinkle

Definition categories: attribute, verve, vitality, aspect, expression, face, look

12. public awareness

- it brought the scandal to light

Definition categories: thought

13. a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul

Definition categories: motive, ethics, morality, morals

14. a visual warning signal

- they saw the light of the beacon

- there was a light at every corner

Definition categories: communication

15. a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires

- do you have a light?

Similar word(s): igniter, ignitor, lighter

Definition categories: man–made, device

Sentences with light as a noun:

- As you can see, this spacious dining-room gets a lot of light in the mornings.

- Put that light out!

- Can you throw any light on this problem?

- Picasso was one of the leading lights of the cubist movement.

- I'm really seeing you in a different light today.

- Magoon's governorship in Cuba was viewed in a negative light by many Cuban historians for years thereafter.

- Hey, buddy, you got a light?

- a Bengal light

- This facade has eight south-facing lights.

- The average length of a light on a 15×15 grid is 7 or 8.

- To get to our house, turn right at the third light.


1. make lighter or brighter

- This lamp lightens the room a bit

Similar word(s): illume, illuminate, illumine

Definition categories: change, lighten

2. begin to smoke

Definition categories: consumption, ignite, light

3. to come to rest, settle

- Misfortune lighted upon him

Similar word(s): alight, perch

Definition categories: motion, land

4. cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat

- Light a cigarette

Similar word(s): ignite

Definition categories: weather, burn, combust

5. fall to somebody by assignment or lot

Similar word(s): fall

Definition categories: possession, devolve, fall, pass, return

6. alight from (a horse)

Similar word(s): dismount, unhorse

Definition categories: motion, descend, fall

7. start or maintain a fire in

Similar word(s): fire, ignite

Definition categories: change

Sentences with light as a verb:

- I used my torch to light the way home through the woods in the night.

- This soggy match will not light.