The lights that illuminate the audience section of a concert hall, theater, or auditorium.(noun-plural)
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Use "houselights" in a sentence
"The houselights come up and everyone's speed suddenly seems to increase now that they can see where they're going."
"All attention snapped toward the stage, suddenly gone dark as the houselights dimmed."
"But the dimming of the houselights nonetheless evoked screams of anticipation, and I can confidently state that there's no more receptive audience anywhere than kids who get to play hooky from school legally."