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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from a- + light

alight

1 adjective
     
a‧light1 [not before noun]
1 burning:
The car was set alight and pushed over a hill.
2 literary someone whose face or eyes are alight looks excited, happy, etc
alight with excitement/pleasure/laughter etc
Jed's face was alight with excitement.
3 literary bright with light or colour

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