- a person employed to light and extinguish street lamps, especially those burning gas.
- a contrivance for lighting lamps.
Origin of lamplighter
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Examples from the Web for lamplighter
A milk girl was going from door to door, and the lamplighter was vanishing in the distance.The Golden Shoemaker
J. W. Keyworth
Leo is the son of a good fellow, a shoemaker by trade, and also a lamplighter.The Sexual Life of the Child
We watched the slow progress of the lamplighter along the street.Explorers of the Dawn
Mazo de la Roche
Each man entered the lamplighter's cabin and hung up his lamp on a nail.Nobody's Boy
There accompanied her three or four women and a man who was a lamplighter.Records of The Spanish Inquisition
Andrew Dickson White
- (formerly) a person who lit and extinguished street lamps, esp gas ones
- mainly US and Canadian any of various devices used to light lamps
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