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Definition of "spotlight" []

  • A strong beam of light that illuminates only a small area, used especially to center attention on a stage performer. (noun)
  • A lamp that produces such a light. (noun)
  • Public notoriety or prominence: She was in the spotlight after she won the marathon. (noun)
  • An artificial source of light with a strongly focused beam, as on an automobile. (noun)
  • To illuminate with a spotlight. (verb-transitive)

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 "spotlight" in a sentence
  • "Palin in the spotlight is a gold mine for the democrats, cutting her term short to improve her financial position shows the world that we are hypocrytes."
  • "But Barbara literally rules The Aztecs; the only early story I can think of off-hand which puts a companion closer to the spotlight is also by John Lucarotti, The Massacre."
  • "With Venus and Serena Williams set to meet for the seventh time in a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon on Saturday, the spotlight is as much on ..."