Meaning of “footlights” in the English Dictionary

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"footlights" in British English

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footlightsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈfʊt.laɪts/ us /ˈfʊt.laɪts/

Examples from literature

  • Already a stage-hand was turning up the footlights and dragging chairs and tables hither and thither. 
  • As the curtain rises the bare backs of the three women nearest the footlights gleam out white. 
  • Out in the glare of the footlights and looking into that sea of faces, we began to fight for that audience. 
  • Somewhat false impressions are produced upon critics nearer to the footlights than the back seats. 
  • The chorus ranged themselves to right and left as he strode forward and waved the tricolor above the footlights. 

(Definition of “footlights” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"footlights" in American English

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footlightsplural noun

us /ˈfʊtˌlɑɪts/

the lights that are in a row along the floor at the front of a stage in a theater

(Definition of “footlights” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)