Meaning of limelight

lime•light

Pronunciation: (līm'līt"), [key]
— n.
    1. (formerly) a lighting unit for spotlighting the front of the stage, producing illumination by means of a flame of mixed gases directed at a cylinder of lime and having a special lens for concentrating the light in a strong beam.
    2. the light so produced.
    3. Chiefly Brit.a lighting unit, esp. a spotlight.
  1. the center of public attention, interest, observation, or notoriety: He seems fond of the limelight.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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