Share this entry

limelight Syllabification: lime·light
Pronunciation: /ˈlīmˌlīt/

Definition of limelight in English:

noun

1Intense white light obtained by heating a cylinder of lime, formerly used in theaters.
1.1 (the limelight) The focus of public attention: the works that brought the artists into the limelight
More example sentences
  • As that group of teenagers continue to hog the limelight, Doumbe is relieved to be emerging from the shadows.
  • Similarly, Nilambur continues to hog the limelight when it comes to earthenware.
  • The oldies hog the limelight, leaving the modern beauties crying for attention.
Synonyms
focus of attention, public attention, public interest, media attention, public eye, glare of publicity, prominence, spotlight;
center stage

Words that rhyme with limelight

sidelight • night light

Definition of limelight in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources