- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to get down or off; dismount
- to come down after flight; descend and settle
- Rare to come (on or upon) accidentally
Origin: Middle English alighten ; from Old English ālīhtan ; from a-, out, off plush līhtan, to dismount, render light ; from liht: see light (to dismount)
- lighted; burning
- lighted up
Origin: Middle English aliht, past participle of alihten ; from Old English alihtan, to light up
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intransitive verb a·light·ed or a·lit , a·light·ing, a·lights
- To come down and settle, as after flight: a sparrow alighting on a branch.
- To get down, as from a vehicle; dismount: The queen alighted from the carriage.
- To come by chance: alight on a happy solution.
Origin: Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan : ā-, intensive pref. + līhtan, to relieve of a burden (from līht, light; see light2).
- Burning; lighted: The discarded match was still alight.
- Illuminated: The sky was alight with millions of stars.
Origin: Middle 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).
- a·lightˈ adverb