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

Definition of lamppost

: a post supporting a usually outdoor lamp or lantern

Examples of lamppost in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Can the scandal-tainted president fix the country? PETER CONFIDENCE lounges against a broken lamppost in a park in Petionville, a prosperous suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, basking in the afternoon sun. The Economist, "Gourdean knot Jovenel Moïse tries to govern Haiti without a parliament," 18 Jan. 2020 The higher frequencies can transmit much more data, much faster than on 4G. But signals traveling on high-band spectrum can't travel very far and have a hard time getting through walls, windows, lampposts and other hard surfaces. Clare Duffy, CNN, "The big differences between 4G and 5G," 17 Jan. 2020 So do rule-flouting cyclists — a wide buffer between the bike lane and the sidewalk will include bike racks, benches, trees and historic lampposts. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Car-free Market Street," 24 Jan. 2020 Dead at 95, R.I.P. • In May 1968, visiting his girlfriend in Paris, Roger Scruton watched from an apartment window as students overturned cars and lampposts and threw stones at police. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 23 Jan. 2020 Eventually, all that was left was a lamppost next to a fruit stand where Angelica, my uncle’s mistress, sold mangoes to anyone passing by. Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Harper's magazine, "Leftovers," 6 Jan. 2020 The deal also included ornate lampposts made from Napoleon Bonaparte’s cannons captured at Waterloo. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 surprising things about Arizona that you probably don't know," 12 Dec. 2019 The allegation sparked the darkest day in Duluth’s history as more than a thousand gathered in the streets to pull three of the men from their jail cells, beat them and hang them from a lamppost at the corner of First Street and Second Avenue. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "State board to consider posthumous pardon for man convicted amid notorious 1920 Duluth lynchings," 16 Dec. 2019 Both men - whilst heavily intoxicated - attempted to drive home from a team bonding session, Lawrence losing control of his vehicle, before colliding with a lamppost., "Derby County's Tom Lawrence Releases Statement Regarding Drunk Driving Incident," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of lamppost

1790, in the meaning defined above

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22 Feb 2020

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“Lamppost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lamppost

: a post with an outdoor lamp on top

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