Definition of limelight in English:



  • 1The focus of public attention.

    ‘the shock win has thrust him into the limelight’
    • ‘The cases he has taken on and won have propelled him into the public limelight.’
    • ‘As that group of teenagers continue to hog the limelight, Doumbe is relieved to be emerging from the shadows.’
    • ‘The oldies hog the limelight, leaving the modern beauties crying for attention.’
    • ‘Surely the film crews are more deserving of the limelight with their technological expertise and patience with the stars.’
    • ‘These are people who are already famous or rich enough not to have to hog the limelight.’
    • ‘He said the company wished to avoid the limelight because of the public's negative perception of big oil.’
    • ‘Sometimes people in the public limelight after a few marriages go off and get married.’
    • ‘The other two, by contrast, sometimes come over as the Don Kings of rugby, such is their desire to hog the limelight.’
    • ‘Horton was a national hero who had pushed into the limelight the Submarine Service and gained media attention.’
    • ‘He admits that he is quite the showman and that he now has to vent his love of the limelight in public speaking engagements.’
    • ‘But there is no easy exit from the public limelight for Cullen, now the transport minister.’
    • ‘Fashion has turned the clock back to the Eighties, bringing gold, sequins and bold patterns back into the limelight.’
    • ‘He wants to hog the limelight and shout about what he believes, and to do that you have to be populist, brash and confident.’
    • ‘Similarly, Nilambur continues to hog the limelight when it comes to earthenware.’
    • ‘But this is more a case of a junior minister trying to hog the limelight and getting frazzled through idiocy.’
    • ‘You crave attention, the limelight, and the fawning admiration of millions.’
    • ‘I think there is a window of opportunity while the issue is still in the limelight.’
    • ‘While Wilkinson has been shunning the limelight, Dawson is relishing the attention that has been lavished on him.’
    • ‘She has long been used to the limelight, thanks to her worldwide fame during the 1960s.’
    • ‘There are plenty of celebrities who own racehorses but many avoid the limelight by keeping their name out of the racecards.’
    the focus of attention, public attention, public notice, public interest, the public eye, media attention, media interest
    public recognition, publicity, the glare of publicity, prominence, exposure, hype, glare, the spotlight
    fame, renown, celebrity, stardom, notability, eminence
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  • 2Intense white light obtained by heating lime, formerly used in theatres.