- An example of something lite is a lite soda that has fewer calories than regular soda.
- An example of something lite is lite jazz, or jazz music that has good sound, but lacking in quality jazz characteristics.
- light (): often used in brand names
- light (): often used postpositively
Origin of -liteFr, for -lithe: see -lith
- a. Having fewer calories or less of an ingredient than a food or beverage of the same kind: lite beer; lite salt.b. Having less weight than others of the same kind: lite trucks.c. Less serious, severe, difficult, or extensive than others of the same kind: “lite music, shimmering on the surface and squishy soft at the core” (Mother Jones).
- Used after a common noun or especially a proper noun to indicate that something, such as a work or action, is less serious, severe, difficult, or extensive than what is considered typical of the specified noun: “Compared with ‘Gravity's Rainbow’ or ‘V.’ &ellipsis; this novel is Pynchon Lite” (Michiko Kakutani).
Origin of liteAlteration of light2.
Origin of -liteFrench, alteration of -lithe, from Greek lithos, stone.
- Light in composition, notably low in fat, calories etc. Most commonly used commercially.:
- His lite dinner consisted of crackers, some broccoli and a salad with lite ranch dressing.
- Informal spelling of light.
- My favorite color is lite blue!
- (usually used postpositively) Lacking substance or seriousness.
Variation of light (“light-weight, diet")
(comparative liter, superlative litest)
- (UK, dialect) few; little
(third-person singular simple present lites, present participle liting, simple past and past participle lited)
- (UK, dialect) The act of waiting; a wait.