traffic light Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “traffic light” in the English Dictionary

"traffic light" in British English

See all translations

traffic lightnoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   (US also stoplight)
A2 one of a set of ​red, ​yellow, and ​greenlights that ​control the ​movement of ​vehicles, usually at a ​point where two or more ​roadsjoin: The ​policepulled him over for ​failing to ​stop at a ​redtrafficlight. Turn ​left at thetrafficlights. The ​trafficlights changed to/​turnedgreen as we ​approached the ​junction.
(Definition of traffic light from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"traffic light" in American English

See all translations

traffic lightnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtræf·ɪk ˌlɑɪt/ (also light, stoplight)
a set of ​red, ​yellow, and ​green lights that ​control the ​movement of ​vehicles at a ​point where two or more ​streetsmeet
(Definition of traffic light from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “traffic light”
in Arabic إشارة المُرور…
in Korean 교통 신호…
in Portuguese semáforo…
in Catalan semàfor…
in Japanese (道路の)信号機…
in Chinese (Simplified) 红绿灯,交通信号灯…
in Turkish trafik ışıkları…
in Russian светофор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 紅綠燈,交通信號燈…
in Italian semaforo…
in Polish światło, sygnalizacja świetlna…
What is the pronunciation of traffic light?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More