- Alight is defined as something that is glowing or illuminated.
A Christmas tree that has 500 lights is an example of a tree that is alight.
- Alight means to get off or out of something or to land on something.
To get off of an airplane is an example of alight.
A Christmas tree alight.
intransitive verbalighted or alit, alighting
- to get down or off; dismount
- to come down after flight; descend and settle
- Rare to come (on or upon) accidentally
Origin of alightMiddle English alighten ; from Old English ālīhtan ; from a-, out, off + līhtan, to dismount, render light ; from liht: see light (to dismount)
- lighted; burning
- lighted up
Origin of alightMiddle English aliht, past participle of alihten ; from Old English alihtan, to light up
- Burning; lighted: The discarded match was still alight.
- Illuminated: The sky was alight with millions of stars.
Origin of alightMiddle English, past participle of alighten, to set on fire, from Old English ālīhtan, to illuminate : ā-, intensive pref. + līhtan, to shine (from lēoht, a light; see light1).
intransitive verba·light·ed or a·lit , a·light·ing, a·lights
- To come down and settle, as after flight: “A swarm of black birds flew across the road and alighted in a pecan tree” (Ernest J. Gaines).
- To get down, as from a vehicle; dismount: The queen alighted from the carriage.
- To come by chance: alight on a happy solution.
Origin of alightMiddle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan : ā-, intensive pref. + līhtan, to relieve of a burden (from līht, light; see light2).
(third-person singular simple present alights, present participle alighting, simple past and past participle alighted)
From Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan (“to lighten, relieve, alleviate, take off, take away, alight”) and Old English ġelīhtan (“to lighten, mitigate, assuage”), equivalent to a- + light (“not heavy”).
(third-person singular simple present alights, present participle alighting, simple past and past participle alighted or alit)
- (intransitive, with from) To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
- Passengers are alighting from the carriage
- (intransitive, with on) To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop.
- A flying bird alights on a tree
- Snow alights on a roof.
- (intransitive) To come or chance (upon).
From Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan (“to alight, dismount”), from prefix ā- (compare with Gothic us-, German er-, originally meaning "out") + līhtan (“to alight”), and Old English ġelīhtan (“to alight, approach, come, come down, dismount”), equivalent to a- + light (“to dismount”).
(third-person singular simple present alights, present participle alighting, simple past and past participle alit or alighted)
Used only as a predicative.
From Middle English alight, from Old English *ālīhted, past participle of ālīhtan (“to alight”). See above.