Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural The lights that illuminate the audience section of a concert hall, theater, or auditorium.

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  • noun The lights that illuminate the audience section of an auditorium or theatre.
  • noun Plural form of houselight.

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

  • noun lights that illuminate the audience's part of a theater or other auditorium

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Examples

  • Everything shut down while the houselights went up, 911 was called, and we all waited for the ambulance to show up.

    A Little Night Music

  • After about 20 minutes, the NYFD appeared, did their thing, and wheeled her out in a wheelchair, with an oxygen mask, the houselights dimmed, and the actors took up again where they had left off.

    A Little Night Music

  • All attention snapped toward the stage, suddenly gone dark as the houselights dimmed.

    Brush of Darkness

  • All attention snapped toward the stage, suddenly gone dark as the houselights dimmed.

    Brush of Darkness

  • After about 20 minutes, the NYFD appeared, did their thing, and wheeled her out in a wheelchair, with an oxygen mask, the houselights dimmed, and the actors took up again where they had left off.

    A Little Night Music

  • The houselights come up and everyone's speed suddenly seems to increase now that they can see where they're going.

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  • But the dimming of the houselights nonetheless evoked screams of anticipation, and I can confidently state that there's no more receptive audience anywhere than kids who get to play hooky from school legally.

    Broadway Grows Up

  • Everything shut down while the houselights went up, 911 was called, and we all waited for the ambulance to show up.

    A Little Night Music

  • At most concerts these days, when the houselights go down, the tiny glowing screens go up.

    Is Video Killing the Concert Vibe?

  • The moon drifted out of sight again behind the brim of his hat, and the glow of the stars lessened as the streetlights and houselights around them grew brighter.

    Nevermore

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