footlight [foo t-lahyt] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- Usually footlights. Theater. the lights at the front of a stage that are nearly on a level with the feet of the performers.
- the footlights, the stage; acting profession.
Origin of footlight First recorded in 1830–40; foot + light1 Related Words for footlight arena, set, theater, scene, spotlight, room, theatre, cinema, movie, site, amphitheater, drama, house, hall, auditorium, playhouse, troupe, play, farce, show Examples from the Web for footlight Historical Examples of footlight
They are nothing but footlight beauties: they look ghastly off the boards.
Marie Van Vorst
There’s far more heroism in the attitude of men out here than in the footlight attitude that journalists paint for the public.
He did not mean it literally, footlight affairs being unfashionable.
Robert W. Chambers
To use the torch or hand lantern, a footlight must be employed as a point of reference to the motion.
James A. Moss
Dazed and wordless, weak from stage-fright, he permitted himself to be led forth into the terrifying glare of the footlight world.