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[lamp-lahy-ter] /ˈlæmpˌlaɪ tər/
a person employed to light and extinguish street lamps, especially those burning gas.
a contrivance for lighting lamps.
Origin of lamplighter
First recorded in 1740-50; lamp + lighter1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A milk girl was going from door to door, and the lamplighter was vanishing in the distance.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth
  • Leo is the son of a good fellow, a shoemaker by trade, and also a lamplighter.

  • We watched the slow progress of the lamplighter along the street.

    Explorers of the Dawn Mazo de la Roche
  • Each man entered the lamplighter's cabin and hung up his lamp on a nail.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • There accompanied her three or four women and a man who was a lamplighter.

    Records of The Spanish Inquisition Andrew Dickson White
  • Those who were so delighted with 'The lamplighter,' will be charmed with 'Olie.'

    Rose Clark Fanny Fern
  • In the street the lamplighter was lighting every other lamp.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • The lamplighter tried to appease her, but she shut the door in his face.

    The Lamplighter Maria S. Cummins
  • October 15th the lamplighter, with tobacco for Gibraltar, was captured and burned.

  • "My dear sir, do be more careful—" then he recognized the lamplighter.

    The Just and the Unjust

    Vaughan Kester
British Dictionary definitions for lamplighter


(formerly) a person who lit and extinguished street lamps, esp gas ones
(mainly US & Canadian) any of various devices used to light lamps
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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