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Definition of "limelight" []

  • A focus of public attention. (noun)
  • An early type of stage light in which lime was heated to incandescence producing brilliant illumination. (noun)
  • The brilliant white light so produced. Also called calcium light. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "limelight" in a sentence
  • "The plan that has been labeled "socialist" ever since Joe the Plumber stepped into the limelight is the inevitable consequence when the federal government has spent itself into the ground."
  • "Well he is trying to steal the environmental limelight from the Copenhagen conference in announcing his £20bn initiative to basically get people back to work and off the doll, oh but it is environmentally friendly too."
  • "Hillary's idea, not approved by the President, in order to reccuperate limelight from the opaque secretary of state performance of Hillary."