[lam-pee-uh n]


a small lamp, especially a small oil lamp with a tinted glass chimney, formerly very popular as a source of illumination on carriages.

Origin of lampion

1840–50; < French < Italian lampione carriage or street light, augmentative of lampa lamp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lampion

Historical Examples of lampion

  • The lampion was the three-cornered hat, cocked on all sides alike in the shape of a spout, and stiffened with wire.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

British Dictionary definitions for lampion



an oil-burning lamp

Word Origin for lampion

C19: from French via Italian lampione, from Old French lampe lamp
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