sidelight [sahyd-lahyt] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. an item of incidental information.
  2. either of two lights carried by a vessel under way at night, a red one on the port side and a green on the starboard.
  3. light coming from the side.
  4. a window or other aperture for light in the side of a building, ship, etc.
  5. a window at the side of a door or another window.

Origin of sidelight First recorded in 1600–10; side1 + light1 Examples from the Web for side-light Historical Examples of side-light

  • Isabel went into the dark entry, and pressed her face against the side-light.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Perhaps the reader may be interested in a side-light on this subject.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4

    Plotinos (Plotinus)

  • It is only by a side-light that any connection between the saint and the custom can be traced.

    The Royal Mail

    James Wilson Hyde

  • Emerson has treated this matter partially and from a sort of side-light.

    The English Novel

    Sidney Lanier

  • He is one of the characters that throw a side-light on our lives.

    A Yankee from the West

    Opie Read

  • British Dictionary definitions for side-light sidelight noun

    1. light coming from the side
    2. a side window
    3. either of the two navigational running lights used by vessels at night, a red light on the port and a green on the starboard
    4. British either of two small lights on the front of a motor vehicle, used to indicate the presence of the vehicle at night rather than to assist the driver
    5. additional or incidental information

    Word Origin and History for side-light sidelight n.

    also side-light, c.1600, “light coming from the side,” from side (adj.) + light (n.). Figurative meaning “incidental information on a subject” is attested from 1862.

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