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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that lights lamps, especially a person hired to light and extinguish gaslit streetlights.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person employed to light street-lamps.
  • noun Apiece of paper rolled into a spill, used to light lamps.
  • noun A torch used for lighting gas-lamps.
  • noun The bass (fish).

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

  • noun One who, or that which, lights a lamp
  • noun (Zoöl.) The calico bass.
  • noun A device used to light lamps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person employed to light streetlights at dusk and snuff them at dawn. An obsolete occupation since lights are now electric, most likely seen in the works of such authors as Charles Dickens, often appearing as a symbolic light-bringing figure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (when gas was used for streetlights) a person who lights and extinguishes streetlights

Etymologies

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From lamp +‎ lighter

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