the light thrown by a lamp.

Origin of lamplight

First recorded in 1570–80; lamp + light1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lamplight

Historical Examples of lamplight

  • The fust time was late in the fall, an' she was preservin' pears by lamplight.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • The Englishman headed his men, his long face sinister in the lamplight.

  • It seemed to merge into tongues of flame where the lamplight caught it.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • The lamplight imparted the hue of yellow wax to their pale faces.

  • He raised a hand to shield his eyes from the lamplight in the room behind him.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

Word Origin and History for lamplight

also lamp-light, late 14c., from lamp + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper