Lamplighter Lamp"light`er, n. 1. One who, or that which, lights a lamp; esp., a person who in former times lighted street lamps which were illuminated by a combustible gas; -- such lamps are now little used, and primarily as nostalgic ornaments. [1913 Webster +PJC]

He made the night a little brighter Wherever he did go, The old lamplighter Of long, long ago. --Song lyrics. (?) [PJC]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The calico bass. [1913 Webster]

3. A device used to light lamps. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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