Definition of house lights in English:

house lights

(also houselights)

plural noun

  • The lights in the area of a theater where the audience sits.

    ‘the show ended and the house lights came up’
    • ‘Some appreciative audience members were on their feet applauding even before the house lights came up for the curtain call.’
    • ‘Jack heard the announcement, and saw the house lights come up from beneath the front curtain.’
    • ‘Then darkness is exchanged for subtle house lights.’
    • ‘The house lights dimmed then, and the stage lights kicked on - temporarily blinding me.’
    • ‘Angelique did the usual thing, where she walks off stage, but the house lights don't come up, nor does the band even pretend that they aren't coming back.’
    • ‘In true street-performer style, several of the performers brought up the house lights to pluck audience members onstage to be humiliated.’
    • ‘Only during the finale, when the house lights were brought up, were the quotation marks removed from La Sonnambula.’
    • ‘His defences were cast aside, the house lights were up and they could see each other, them and him.’
    • ‘The house lights go up and a powerful light is thrown on the audience.’
    • ‘Both men leaned forward as the house lights dimmed, and a new set of lights, previously unnoticed, came alive, all around them.’
    • ‘And not only because the lighting designer has turned the house lights down and is playing with the spotlights, making the interview feel staged.’
    • ‘The problem is that this bring-your-own venue presentation leaves no room for dramatic nuance, stranding the actors to ham their way through it with the house lights up.’
    • ‘The impression is one of a long daily process that begins months before rehearsal and extends right up to the moment the house lights dim.’
    • ‘The first-night audience kept applauding after the house lights came up, and there can be few greater compliments.’
    • ‘At approximately 10.45 pm, the house lights dim, the searchlights start to sweep the audience and bingo!’
    • ‘During productions the house lights would remain on, allowing audience members to be aware of each other as well as the dramatic action.’
    • ‘Weirdly as I took my bow the house lights (the lights in the auditorium) came up.’
    • ‘The show is performed with house lights up and requires tons of audience participation.’
    • ‘The curtain opened, the house lights found her and had the band not already begun playing then the entire audience would have heard the sounds of our hearts breaking.’
    • ‘When the scenes were reached, the house lights were turned up and the situation was explained to the public.’


house lights

/ˈhous ˌlīts/