Definition of klieg in US English:


(also klieg light)


  • A powerful electric lamp used in filming.

    • ‘As darkness fell, the eerie scene was lit by huge banks of bright industrial klieg lights to help rescuers.’
    • ‘It's hard to figure why the owners would go to the trouble of fitting out appealing outdoor dining patios, only to light them with banks of glary klieg lights.’
    • ‘They were preceded by a bus carrying a generator shining a huge klieg light on the procession, so that video-cameramen could immortalise the scene.’
    • ‘The real politics - the arm twisting, the negotiation, the wielding of power - only really began once the bunting was taken down and the klieg lights turned off.’
    • ‘‘Those who remain in the embassy are spies,’ he declared, his voice calm and clear, his fresh young face fairly glowing in the unfamiliar klieg lights.’


1920s: named after the American brothers, Anton T. Kliegl (1872–1927) and John H. Kliegl (1869–1959), who invented it.