Definition of lamplighter in US English:



  • A person employed to light street gaslights by hand.

    • ‘At dusk the lamplighter would go along on his bicycle carrying matches and a ladder over his shoulder.’
    • ‘These days they want to know about the history of people who were not kings or queens, but weavers and miners, felling hands and lamplighters.’
    • ‘The poignant opening is a description of him as a child, fascinated by moving light, watching the lamplighter come up the street lighting the lamps.’
    • ‘Elevator operators, typesetters, and airplane navigators have followed milkmaids and lamplighters into oblivion.’
    • ‘A bit before the sun broke upon the horizon, the lamplighter put out the lamps that lined the streets.’