Definitions

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

  • adj. Slang Having less substance or weight or fewer calories than something else: "lite music, shimmering on the surface and squishy soft at the core” ( Mother Jones).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Light in composition, notably low in fat, calories etc.:
  • adj. Lightweight
  • adj. Informal spelling of light.
  • adj. Lacking substance or seriousness.
  • n. A little, bit.
  • adj. few; little
  • v. To expect; wait.
  • v. To rely.
  • n. The act of waiting; a wait.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Little.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Little.
  • Of low rank.
  • n. A little; a small amount; a short, time.
  • In a small quantity or degree.
  • n. In the Gr. Ch., a religious procession accompanied with prayer; prayer for a special object made during such a procession.
  • n. An element (a quasi-suffix) in names of minerals, signifying ‘stone’: same as -lith.

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

  • adj. having relatively few calories

Etymologies

Alteration of light2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variation of light ("light-weight, diet") (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lit, lut ("little"), from Old English lȳt (Wiktionary)
From Middle English liten, from Old Norse hlíta ("to rely on, trust, abide by"). Cognate with Icelandic hlíta ("to comply"), Swedish lita ("to trust, rely on, depend on, confide in"), Danish lide ("to trust"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The strange thing is that "London Light" would have been a perfectly acceptable name for a newspaper. I wonder what the marketing people were thinking.

    December 17, 2007

  • Not that this word appeals, but not every word gets a full going over like this. Once it became the name of London newspaper the BBC decided to investigate.

    December 17, 2007