Definition of klieg in English:

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Pronunciation: /klēɡ/
(usually klieg light)


A powerful electric lamp used in filming.
Example sentences
  • They were preceded by a bus carrying a generator shining a huge klieg light on the procession, so that video-cameramen could immortalise the scene.
  • As darkness fell, the eerie scene was lit by huge banks of bright industrial klieg lights to help rescuers.
  • It's hard to figure why the owners would go to the trouble of fitting out appealing outdoor dining patios, only to light them with banks of glary klieg lights.


1920s: named after the American brothers, Anton T. Kliegl (1872–1927) and John H. Kliegl (1869–1959), who invented it.

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Syllabification: klieg

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