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[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, torchier.
Origin of torchiere
variant of torchère Unabridged
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Examples from the web for torchiere
  • If you have torchiere fixtures with halogen lamps, consider replacing them with compact fluorescent torchieres.
  • If you have torchiere lamps with halogen bulbs, consider replacing them with compact fluorescent torchieres.
  • torchieres make it possible to change the ambiance within a space by moving the torchiere or dimming the lamp.
  • torchiere means a portable electric lamp with a reflector bowl that directs light upward to give indirect illumination.
British Dictionary definitions for torchiere


a standing lamp with a bowl for casting light upwards and so giving all-round indirect illumination
Word Origin
C20: from torchère
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Word Origin and History for torchiere

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

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