[ lamp-lahy-ter ]
/ ˈlæmpˌlaɪ tər /


a person employed to light and extinguish street lamps, especially those burning gas.
a contrivance for lighting lamps.


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Origin of lamplighter

First recorded in 1740–50; lamp + lighter1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for lamplighter

/ (ˈlæmpˌlaɪtə) /


(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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