- of, relating to, or characteristic of a torch song or a torch singer.
Origin of torchy
- 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
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- a standing lamp with a bowl for casting light upwards and so giving all-round indirect illumination
Word Origin for torchier
C20: from torchère
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
also torchere, 1910, from French torchère, from torche (see torch (n.)).
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