Definition of brake light in US English:

brake light


  • A red light at the back of a vehicle that is automatically illuminated when the brakes are applied.

    • ‘But, what if the cyclist was there to inform you about a faulty brake light or indicator?’
    • ‘He said: ‘If a bulb goes on a brake light that is a fault, but it is not dangerous as there are three on the car that work.’’
    • ‘The perception is that there are never any policemen when shopkeepers are being terrorised by gangs of loitering youths, but they materialise the instant a car is spotted with a faulty brake light.’
    • ‘Other options include headlights, taillights, brake lights and non-standard colors.’
    • ‘Handbrakes are not fitted either, forcing the poor driver to sit with their foot on the brake when waiting at traffic lights, thereby dazzling the driver behind with their high-level brake light.’
    • ‘He heard something shatter and looked behind him momentarily to see the glass and red plastic of his rear brake light.’
    • ‘He drove a small burgundy car with a distinctive brake light in the rear window.’
    • ‘He noted a leaking shock absorber, a broken exhaust front pipe bracket, a broken rear light, a broken rear brake light and a ripped windscreen wiper.’
    • ‘I disabled the brake light behind the cab so it wouldn't reflect red through our rear window at night.’
    • ‘The brake lights were briefly illuminated and then all the lights were turned off.’
    • ‘The re-engineered boot lid features a centrally-mounted brake light and reversing lamp.’
    • ‘The entire light cluster can be a rear light, a brake light or an indicator, and automatically adjusts in intensity and brightness to suit prevailing conditions.’
    • ‘We made a mistake in the pits and lost a lap fixing the brake light.’
    • ‘He was stopped by police four days before Christmas after they saw his car had a defective brake light.’
    • ‘A high-level brake light is integrated into the roofline above the two rear doors.’
    • ‘What all rear-light variants have in common is a large, easily seen brake light.’
    • ‘Officers say red lights are dangerous as from a distance they look like brake lights or rear tail lights, while blue or green lights could appear to be emergency service vehicles from a distance.’
    • ‘There are no working headlights or brake lights because they would shatter and become road hazards during even routine bumping.’
    • ‘As the story goes, a highway patrol officer just happened to stop an Oldsmobile with a busted brake light.’
    • ‘The pole's side ring had embedded itself into my rear brake light.’


brake light

/ˈbreɪk ˌlaɪt//ˈbrāk ˌlīt/