Etymology
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footlights (n.)

"row of lights placed in front of a stage" (formerly called floats), 1836, from foot (n.) of the stage + light (n.).

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of footlights from WordNet

footlights (n.)
theater light at the front of a stage that illuminate the set and actors;
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