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[lahyt] /laɪt/

an informal, simplified spelling of 2 (defs 12, 13), used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products:
lite beer.
2 (def 36).
(of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thing: reggae lite

alternative spelling of light (adj.1), by 1962. Used from at least 1917 in product names, often as a variation of light (n.).

The word Adjusto-Lite for portable electric lamps was opposed by the user of a trade mark Auto-lite registered before the date of use claimed by the applicant. [“The Trade-Mark Reporter,” 1922]


Not serious; not scholarly; watered down; popularized: there’s myth lite apres Joseph Campbell, Pinkola Estes, etc

[1980s+; fr the misspelling of light used to identify less fattening, less intoxicating, etc, products, esp beer]


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