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[lamp-pohst] /ˈlæmpˌpoʊst/
a post, usually of metal, supporting a lamp that lights a street, park, etc.
1780-90; lamp + post1 Unabridged
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Examples for lamppost
  • They know that anyone in town can tune into that camera on the lamppost over there and they don't much care.
  • The real change peers down from every lamppost, rooftop, and street sign.
  • Outside it is snowing, and a blustery wind whirls fleeting flakes through milky orbs of lamppost light.
  • Eleanor was nine when he died, the result of driving his carriage into a lamppost and being thrown to the street.
  • Look out your window on a clear morning, and you see a plaque on a lamppost gleaming in the sunlight.
  • Chain your motorcycle or snowmobile to a stationary object such as a lamppost or sewer grating.
British Dictionary definitions for lamppost


a post supporting a lamp, esp in a street
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lamppost
1790, from lamp + post.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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