Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A match for lighting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A match for lighting candles, lamps, etc.

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  • noun a matchstick
  • noun a matchstick-sized cut of potatoes

Etymologies

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From French.

Examples

  • Expressions: frotter une allumette = to strike a match se frotter contre quelque chose = to rub against something ne vous y frottez pas!

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Expressions: frotter une allumette = to strike a match se frotter contre quelque chose = to rub against something ne vous y frottez pas!

    frotter - French Word-A-Day

  • Expressions: frotter une allumette = to strike a match se frotter contre quelque chose = to rub against something ne vous y frottez pas!

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Also: une allumette = a match une allumeuse = a tease (a flirt)

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Also: une allumette = a match une allumeuse = a tease (a flirt)

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Also: une allumette = a match une allumeuse = a tease (a flirt)

    allumer - French Word-A-Day

  • On the top of this he sprinkled a little aromatic Turkish tobacco, and then applied an allumette.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 4, April, 1891

  • Having charged the pipe from an embroidered pouch filled with choice Turkish tobacco, he struck an allumette and began to smoke.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 2, February, 1891

  • "'Tis better to laugh than be sighing," and Charlie burst forth in that bacchanalian melody at the top of his voice, waving an allumette holder over his head to represent Randal's inverted wineglass.

    Rose in Bloom

  • "'Tis better to laugh than be sighing," and Charlie burst forth in that bacchanalian melody at the top of his voice, waving an allumette holder over his head to represent Randal's inverted wineglass.

    Rose in Bloom

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  • A very small shred. Originally used with potatoes, is used of paper in Little Women.

    July 4, 2008

  • A very small shred. Originally used with potatoes, is used of paper in Little Women.

    July 4, 2008

  • Not to be confused with alouette of the children's song.

    July 4, 2008