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lighter

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[ lahy-ter ]
/ ˈlaɪ tər /
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noun

a person or thing that lights or ignites.
a mechanical device used in lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes for smoking.

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Origin of lighter

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First recorded in 1545–55; light1 + -er1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lighter

letter, lighter , liter, litter

Definition for lighter (2 of 2)

lighter2
[ lahy-ter ]
/ ˈlaɪ tər /

noun

a large, open, flat-bottomed barge, used in unloading and loading ships offshore or in transporting goods for short distances in shallow waters.

verb (used with object)

to convey in or as if in a lighter.

Origin of lighter

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Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at light3, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for lighter (1 of 2)

lighter1
/ (ˈlaɪtə) /

noun

a small portable device for providing a naked flame or red-hot filament to light cigarettes, etc
a person or thing that ignites something

British Dictionary definitions for lighter (2 of 2)

lighter2
/ (ˈlaɪtə) /

noun

a flat-bottomed barge used for transporting cargo, esp in loading or unloading a ship

Word Origin for lighter

C15: probably from Middle Dutch; compare C16 Dutch lichter
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