a post, usually of metal, supporting a lamp that lights a street, park, etc.

Origin of lamppost

First recorded in 1780–90; lamp + post1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lamppost

Contemporary Examples of lamppost

  • Chasen did not surrender her purse, jewelry, money, or car, but lurched leftward onto Whittier, where she crashed into a lamppost.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Chasen Murderer's Secret Past

    A. L. Bardach

    December 15, 2010

Historical Examples of lamppost

  • He stood by the lamppost, undecided as to which course to pursue.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • Why do you not tuck up your sleeves to drag me out to hang me up to the lamppost?

    The Hero of the People

    Alexandre Dumas

  • It had reposed there often enough, but never before in the street under a lamppost.

    Excuse Me!

    Rupert Hughes

  • Passing through the store he beheld Eli looking as dumbly as a lamppost at him.

    Edith and John

    Franklin S. Farquhar

  • Hit a lamppost on Main Street and had to swim the rest of the way.

British Dictionary definitions for lamppost



a post supporting a lamp, esp in a street
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