Definition of limelight in US English:

limelight

noun

the limelight
  • 1The focus of public attention.

    ‘the works that brought the artists into the limelight’
    • ‘Surely the film crews are more deserving of the limelight with their technological expertise and patience with the stars.’
    • ‘He wants to hog the limelight and shout about what he believes, and to do that you have to be populist, brash and confident.’
    • ‘The other two, by contrast, sometimes come over as the Don Kings of rugby, such is their desire to hog the limelight.’
    • ‘I think there is a window of opportunity while the issue is still in the limelight.’
    • ‘But there is no easy exit from the public limelight for Cullen, now the transport minister.’
    • ‘There are plenty of celebrities who own racehorses but many avoid the limelight by keeping their name out of the racecards.’
    • ‘He admits that he is quite the showman and that he now has to vent his love of the limelight in public speaking engagements.’
    • ‘You crave attention, the limelight, and the fawning admiration of millions.’
    • ‘As that group of teenagers continue to hog the limelight, Doumbe is relieved to be emerging from the shadows.’
    • ‘He said the company wished to avoid the limelight because of the public's negative perception of big oil.’
    • ‘The oldies hog the limelight, leaving the modern beauties crying for attention.’
    • ‘Fashion has turned the clock back to the Eighties, bringing gold, sequins and bold patterns back into the limelight.’
    • ‘While Wilkinson has been shunning the limelight, Dawson is relishing the attention that has been lavished on him.’
    • ‘Sometimes people in the public limelight after a few marriages go off and get married.’
    • ‘These are people who are already famous or rich enough not to have to hog the limelight.’
    • ‘Similarly, Nilambur continues to hog the limelight when it comes to earthenware.’
    • ‘Horton was a national hero who had pushed into the limelight the Submarine Service and gained media attention.’
    • ‘She has long been used to the limelight, thanks to her worldwide fame during the 1960s.’
    • ‘But this is more a case of a junior minister trying to hog the limelight and getting frazzled through idiocy.’
    • ‘The cases he has taken on and won have propelled him into the public limelight.’
    the focus of attention, public attention, public notice, public interest, the public eye, media attention, media interest
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    1. 1.1 Intense white light obtained by heating a cylinder of lime, formerly used in theaters.

Pronunciation

limelight

/ˈlīmˌlīt//ˈlaɪmˌlaɪt/