A spotlight is a bright beam of light that shines on people on stage. Actors and rock stars love spending time in the spotlight when they’re performing, but if they’re famous they’re in the spotlight all the time.

If you star in the school play, you'll be in a literal spotlight, illuminated on the stage while you sing your big solo number. If some day you're elected President of the United States, you'll be in a figurative spotlight, at the center of intense attention by the public. You can also call this limelight. Lighting experts often call spotlights followspots.

Definitions of spotlight

n a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer

Type of:
an artificial source of visible illumination

n a focus of public attention

glare, limelight, public eye
Type of:
the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent

v illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater

Type of:
illume, illuminate, illumine, light, light up
make lighter or brighter

v move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

foreground, highlight, play up
background, downplay, play down
understate the importance or quality of
Type of:
bring out, set off
direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

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