I. verb 1. [no obj., with adverbial of place] —
‹formal› descend from a train, bus, or other form of transport
• visitors should alight at the Fort Road stop.
2. (of a bird) descend from the air and settle • one bird alighted on the arm of my chair.
II. phrasal verbs alight on find by chance; notice • her eyes alighted on the item in question.
– origin Old English ālīhtan, from ā- (as an intensifier) + līhtan ‘descend’ (see light3).