linkboy

noun

link·​boy ˈliŋk-ˌbȯi How to pronounce linkboy (audio)
: an attendant formerly employed to bear a light for a person on the streets at night

Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of linkboy was in 1652

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Cite this Entry

“Linkboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/linkboy. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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