1 a [count] : a device that directs a narrow, bright beam of light on a small area
They aimed the spotlight at the center of the stage.
1 b [count] : the area of light created by a spotlight
A spotlight moved across the stage.
The actor stood in the spotlight.
performing under the spotlights
2 the spotlight : public attention or notice
a baseball star who hates the spotlight
They're always in the spotlight.
School violence is once again under the media spotlight. [=getting a lot of attention from the media]
The news article turned/put the spotlight on the city's financial problems.