lamp·​post | \ˈlam(p)-ˌpōst \

Definition of lamppost 

: a post supporting a usually outdoor lamp or lantern

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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 Across Egypt's vast capital, the smiling visage of President Abdel Fattah Sisi looms from billboards erected along major thoroughfares, from rows of posters affixed to lampposts and bridges and from banners dangling between palm trees. Alexandra Zavis,, "In Egypt's election, the president's victory is assured. The question is what happens next?," 24 Mar. 2018 The Cat and the Hat balloon hit a lamppost due to high winds. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "8 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Mishaps," 19 Nov. 2010 Photo: William Gyngell When English defender Eric Dier slotted a final penalty kick past the Colombian goalkeeper, the nation erupted into cheers, city streets jammed with honking cars and inebriated fans climbed lampposts. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Loyalties Are Tested When the Big Game Falls on Your Big Day," 6 July 2018 The lighting of the corner gas lamppost determined the official start of the summer night. Jacques Kelly,, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 Locomotives and steam engines, water fountains and lampposts, anything and everything that could be cast from molten metal was on display. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The fences look like they’re made from K’nex, the benches look like Lincoln Logs, and the lampposts look like Tinkertoys. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Toy Story Land Is Riddled With Amazing Hidden References to the Movies," 2 July 2018

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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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