lamplighter

[ lamp-lahy-ter ]
/ ˈlæmpˌlaɪ tər /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. lamper eel,
  2. lampern,
  3. lampers,
  4. lampion,
  5. lamplight,
  6. lampoon,
  7. lamppost,
  8. lamprey,
  9. lamprophonic,
  10. lamprophony

Origin of lamplighter

First recorded in 1740–50; lamp + lighter1

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British Dictionary definitions for lamplighter

lamplighter

/ (ˈlæmpˌlaɪtə) /

noun

(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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