Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A red light or one of a pair mounted on the rear end of a vehicle. Also called tail lamp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a pair of red lights, mounted on the rear of a vehicle, so it can be seen from the rear at night.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lamp (usually red) mounted at the rear of a motor vehicle

Etymologies

tail +‎ light (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I can't puzzle out the year on this car exactly, but items such as taillight lenses seem to point to 1970 or 1971.

    Jalopnik

  • The 'V' under the taillight was the symbol that the car had a V-8 engine in it. ");

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  • This month you see plenty of CALAVERAS used in the festivities, but that is also the common Mexican word for a vehicle's taillight assembly.

    Trueque

  • And although I've never been privy to this particular benefit, I've heard a sprinkle can transform a "speeding ticket" into a "warning"; a miraculous feat since my personal experience indicates that a broken taillight could land you handcuffed in the back of a squad car true story.

    Kenya (Robinson): The Crying Game

  • When the first-gen car arrived in 2004, it was a revelation, with a beautifully sleek fastback roof and arched, porpoise-like contour from headlight to taillight.

    Mercedes: a Demon of Hurtling Mass

  • If I had an ounce for every time I've read a story about someone getting busted with weed because they were driving a car with expired tags or a busted taillight, or were speeding, I could replace the weed that was seized in this traffic stop.

    Russ Belville: The Top Ten "Stupid Stoner Stories" of 2011

  • I would also, lastly, suggest investing in a simple LED bike taillight and headlight.

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  • “Google is terrible at being a taillight chaser,” Glazer later said.

    In the Plex

  • Based on an enlarged version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta—a fact that, in the long view of things, seems positively surreal—the Dart is decently stanced and nicely detailed, with a number of visual quotes from Dodge other products, including the Charger's "racetrack" taillight assembly and dual exhausts.

    Detroit Show's Soundtrack: America the Beautiful

  • Nearer term, there are plenty of ways to sensibly spend $250 a month—shave down a credit-card balance, buy a killer suit to wear to your next job interview or finally repair your car's busted taillight.

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