having illumination provided by burning gas: gaslit streets.
of or resembling a time, especially the 1890s, when gaslight was widely used: the gaslit era.

Origin of gaslit

First recorded in 1830–40; gas + lit1




light produced by the combustion of illuminating gas.
a gas burner or gas jet for producing this kind of light.


verb (used with object), gas·light·ed or gas·lit, gas·light·ing.

to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation: How do you know if your partner is gaslighting you?

Origin of gaslight

1800–10; gas + light1; def 4 in reference to the 1944 movie Gaslight, in which an abusive husband secretly and repeatedly dims and brightens the gaslights in the house while accusing his wife of imagining the flickering
Related formsgas·light·ed, gas·lit, adjectivegas·light·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gaslit

Historical Examples of gaslit

  • Something very energetic, certainly—to seize some drugs, perhaps, and rush excitedly with him through the gaslit streets.

  • Captain George Percy Cavendish, standing at the window, looking abstractedly out at the starlit and gaslit street, was thinking.

    A Changed Heart

    May Agnes Fleming

  • Acting on impulse at last, she took council with John, securing him as her companion in the gaslit walk from a concert.

    Magnum Bonum

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • In this gaslit gut of a place, which was as narrow and circumscribed as a gallery in a mine, one was well-nigh suffocated.

  • In the gaslit kitchen, surrounded by steaming linen, Victoria wrote a little feverish note in pencil.

    A Bed of Roses

    W. L. George

British Dictionary definitions for gaslit



a type of lamp in which the illumination is produced by an incandescent mantle heated by a jet of gas
the light produced by such a lamp
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