lamp·​post | \ ˈlam(p)-ˌpōst How to pronounce lamppost (audio) \

Definition of lamppost

: a post supporting a usually outdoor lamp or lantern

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Even the lampposts, seen in images of the protests and crackdown, are the same though most are now mounted with surveillance cameras. NBC News, "As the world commemorates Tiananmen Square, China is silent," 4 June 2019 Residents mounted them on lampposts and chucked them in the local river. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Lime Looks to Peddle Its Bicycles in Australia," 16 Jan. 2019 Outside there are lampposts, complete with surveillance cameras, and palm trees. Tim Macfarlan, Fox News, "The Sinaloa cemetery: How drug traffickers show off their wealth in death with gaudy tombs costing up to $500,000," 19 July 2018 From torrential downpours on parade day to numerous balloon run-ins with lampposts, take a look back at some historical mishaps that may have disrupted the spectacle, but could never ruin the spirit of the day. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "8 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Mishaps," 19 Nov. 2010 Cameras are fixed to lampposts or deployed on vans, and use software developed by Japanese firm NEC to measure the structure of passing faces. James Vincent, The Verge, "UK police are testing facial recognition on Christmas shoppers in London this week," 18 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, the idyllic mood is sundered every so often with tinny canned music blared over loudspeakers attached to lampposts throughout. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 There was a piece of fuchsia paper taped hastily to a lamppost, one of the signs directing cast and crew to important places on set. Amanda Schupak, SELF, "The Exquisite, Painful Irony of Being a Health Editor With Breast Cancer During Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 19 Oct. 2018 Under rusted lampposts on a dusty street in a postwar Naples neighborhood, the wiry and fierce Lila Cerullo marches past an old man roasting chestnuts and kids kicking a soccer ball made of string. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "Meet the Adorable Italian Stars in HBO’s Elena Ferrante Adaptation, My Brilliant Friend," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of lamppost

1790, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lamppost

: a post with an outdoor lamp on top

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