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[lamp-pohst] /ˈlæmpˌpoʊst/
a post, usually of metal, supporting a lamp that lights a street, park, etc.
Origin of lamppost
First recorded in 1780-90; lamp + post1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "There is a lamppost on that corner, I believe," said the President.

    The Foreign Hand Tie Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He stood by the lamppost, undecided as to which course to pursue.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Why do you not tuck up your sleeves to drag me out to hang me up to the lamppost?

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • Passing through the store he beheld Eli looking as dumbly as a lamppost at him.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • So they took their places in a convenient position, near a lamppost, and waited for her majesty's coming.

    Rollo in London Jacob Abbott
  • They were close to a lamppost, and Jurgis got a glimpse of the other.

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
  • It had reposed there often enough, but never before in the street under a lamppost.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • A lamppost stood up solid and straight beside him, shedding its faint patch of glimmering light.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • She saw a number on a lamppost, and realized that she had walked many blocks.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
British Dictionary definitions for lamppost


a post supporting a lamp, esp in a street
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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