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

  • She wrapped the rug about her knees, and looked out luxuriously at the gaslit streets.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • It brought up memories of his own experiences, of rows of gaslit faces, and of a friendly helpful voice that said, "Speak up?"

  • 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

  • They transfigured the narrow, gaslit first-floor landing of his great-aunt's house into a secret and unearthly grove of bliss.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett

  • They remembered the noise of gaslit streets, the steamy heat of tap-rooms or the scorching sunshine of calm days at sea.

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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