: any of various devices for producing light or sometimes heat: such as
: a vessel with a wick for burning an inflammable liquid (such as oil) to produce light
: a glass bulb or tube that emits light produced by electricity (such as an incandescent light bulb or fluorescent lamp)
: a decorative appliance housing a lamp that is usually covered by a shade
: a celestial body
: a source of intellectual or spiritual illumination
: eye sense 1a
usually used in plural

Examples of lamp in a Sentence

I didn't realize it had gotten so dark in the room until my wife came in and turned on the lamp, momentarily blinding me.
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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French lampe, from Latin lampas, from Greek, from lampein to shine; akin to Hittite lap- to burn

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of lamp was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a device for producing light or heat

Medical Definition


: any of various devices for producing light or heat see kromayer lamp, slit lamp

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