Etymology
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limelight (n.)

1826, popular name for Drummond light or calcium light, a brilliant light created by the incandescence of lime (n.1); adopted for lighthouses and later for the Victorian stage, where it illuminated the principal actors, hence the figurative use of the phrase in the limelight "on stage, at the center of attention" (1877).

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Definitions of limelight

limelight (n.)
a focus of public attention;
he enjoyed being in the limelight
Synonyms: spotlight / glare / public eye
limelight (n.)
a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting;
Synonyms: calcium light
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