a shade, usually translucent or opaque, for shielding the glare of a light source in a lamp or for directing the light to a particular area.

Origin of lampshade

First recorded in 1840–50; lamp + shade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lamp-shade

Historical Examples of lamp-shade

  • The shadow of the lamp-shade had cut me off altogether from their thoughts.

    The Copperhead

    Harold Frederic

  • He was carrying a piece of yellow-fluff, part of a lamp-shade, as far as I could judge.

    Idle Ideas in 1905

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • And the lamp-shade, and all those crochet things of every kind and shape!

  • On the ceiling he saw a dark circle—the shadow of the lamp-shade.

  • He sat silent, with his arms folded; and his head remained in the shadow cast by the lamp-shade.

Word Origin and History for lamp-shade

also lampshade, 1829, from lamp + shade (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper