[ tawr-chee ]
/ ˈtɔr tʃi /

adjective, torch·i·er, torch·i·est.

of, relating to, or characteristic of a torch song or a torch singer.

Origin of torchy

1620–30, in sense “full of torches”; 1940–45 for this sense; torch1 + -y1

Definition for torchier (2 of 2)


[ tawr-cheer ]
/ tɔrˈtʃɪər /


a floor lamp for indirect lighting, having its source of light within a reflecting bowl that directs the light upward.
Also torchère, tor·chier.

Origin of torchiere

variant of torchère Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for torchier



/ (ˈtɔːtʃɪə) /


a standing lamp with a bowl for casting light upwards and so giving all-round indirect illumination

Word Origin for torchier

C20: from torchère
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Word Origin and History for torchier



also torchere, 1910, from French torchère, from torche (see torch (n.)).

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