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[lamp-sheyd] /ˈlæmpˌʃeɪd/
a shade, usually translucent or opaque, for shielding the glare of a light source in a lamp or for directing the light to a particular area.
Origin of lampshade
First recorded in 1840-50; lamp + shade Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The shadow of the lamp-shade had cut me off altogether from their thoughts.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • He was carrying a piece of yellow-fluff, part of a lamp-shade, as far as I could judge.

    Idle Ideas in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome
  • And the lamp-shade, and all those crochet things of every kind and shape!

  • On the ceiling he saw a dark circle—the shadow of the lamp-shade.

  • He sat silent, with his arms folded; and his head remained in the shadow cast by the lamp-shade.

  • Almayer walked to the table, sat down, and his anxious visage dropped from above into the light thrown down by the lamp-shade.

  • I have not long to wait; as soon as the fly gets within the lamp-shade a match scorches its wings.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • Still staring, she rose and tilted the lamp-shade in yet another direction, so that the light was thrown upon the stranger.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • The light was so deadened by the lamp-shade that they did not perceive the complete transformation of his face.

  • He rose, lowered the lamp-shade, lay down with his elbows on the cushion, and closed his eyes.

Word Origin and History for lamp-shade

also lampshade, 1829, from lamp + shade (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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