light2 S1 W1 comparative lighter, superlative lightest
a light colour is pale and not dark:
You look nice in light colours.
light blue/green/grey etc
She had blue eyes and light brown hair.
I wanted a lighter yellow paint for the walls.
if it is light, there is the natural light of day [≠ dark]:
We'll keep on looking while it's still light.
It was seven o'clock and just starting to get light.
a room that is light has plenty of light in it, especially from the sun [≠ dark]:
The kitchen was light and spacious.
The office was a big light room at the back of the house.
not very heavy: ➔ lighten, lightweight2
You can carry this bag - it's fairly light.
You should wear light, comfortable shoes.
The truck was quite light and easy to drive.
She was as light as a feather (=very light) to carry.
if something is light, there is not very much of it or it is not very great [≠ heavy]:
Traffic is lighter before 8 a.m.
A light rain began to fall.
She was wearing only light make-up.
people who have suffered only light exposure to radiation
light clothes are thin and not very warm:
She took a light sweater in case the evening was cool.
a light summer coat
a light wind is blowing without much force [≠ strong]:
Leaves were blowing about in the light wind.
There was a light easterly breeze.
a light sound is very quiet [≠ loud]:
There was a light tap at the door.
Her voice was light and pleasant.
a light touch is gentle and soft:
She gave him a light kiss on the cheek.
He felt a light tap on his shoulder.
light work is not hard or tiring:
I found him some light work to do.
She only has a few light duties around the house.
The doctor has advised me to take regular light exercise.
food or drink that is light either does not have a strong taste or does not make you feel full very quickly, for example because it does not contain very much fat, sugar, or alcohol [≠ rich]:
We had a light white wine with the fish.
a light, refreshing dessert
a new light cheese spread with virtually no fat
a light meal is a small meal [≠ big]:
I had a light lunch in town.
a delicious light snack
food that is light contains a lot of air:
a type of light, sweet bread
Beat the mixture until it is light and fluffy.
a light punishment is not very severe [≠ harsh]:
a fairly light sentence
someone who does not smoke etc very much
a sleep from which you wake up easily:
I fell into a light sleep.
someone who wakes up easily if there is any noise etc:
She's quite a light sleeper.
not serious in meaning, style, or manner, and only intended to entertain people:
His speech gradually became lighter in tone.
an evening of light music
It's a really good book if you want a bit of light reading.
The show looks at some of the lighter moments from the world of politics.
something that is pleasant and amusing after something sad or serious:
I'm glad you've arrived - we could all do with a little light relief!
to joke about something or treat it as not being very serious, especially when it is important:
She tried to make light of the situation, but I could tell that she was worried.
used when you are going to say something less sad or serious:
On a lighter note, the concert raised over £300 for school funds.
to do something or deal with something quickly and easily:
A freezer and microwave oven can make light work of cooking.
to be able to move quickly and gracefully:
She's very agile and light on her feet.
someone who has a light heart feels happy and not worried: ➔ light-hearted
I set off for work with a light heart.
light soil is easy to break into small pieces [≠ heavy]:
Carrots grow well in light soils.
—lightness noun [uncountable]
a lightness of touch