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[lamp-lahyt] /ˈlæmpˌlaɪt/
the light thrown by a lamp.
Origin of lamplight
First recorded in 1570-80; lamp + light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the lamplight army revolvers and sabres with golden tassels on the sword-knots gleamed upon the wall.

    A Mummer's Tale Anatole France
  • Stilling took her by the arms and swung her playfully about so that she faced the lamplight.

    The Choice Edith Wharton
  • As the old withered woman spoke, a smile glimmered on her countenance, like lamplight on the wall of a sepulchre.

    Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Her face looked pale in the lamplight, but her voice was as clear as a bell.

    The Long Run Edith Wharton
  • The picture she had made, kneeling with the lamplight rosying in her hair, hung before him.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Mark took a last look at her laughing gaily there in the lamplight.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • The lamplight fell on her hair, bringing out its reddish tints, and Rosie looked at her uncertainly, and then looked away.

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
  • He moved aside, and she came into the room, standing in the lamplight.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • He was quite ready to enjoy the Breckenridge sitting-room, the fire, the lamplight, the company of a beautiful woman.

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
  • "This is very fascinating," he said, blinking in the lamplight.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
Word Origin and History for lamplight

also lamp-light, late 14c., from lamp + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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