from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who collects matchbooks or matchboxes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who collects match-related items, like matchbox labels, matchboxes, matchbooks, or matchbook covers.


phil(o)- + Latin lūmen, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots + -ist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From phil- (“love of”) +‎ Latin lumen ("light") +‎ -ist. (Wiktionary)


  • Consuetude is an established custom, while a phillumenist is a matchbook collector.

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  • Only at a spelling bee could one hear sentences like these: "Lauren gently informed her father that the exploding fist bump had fallen out of consuetude" and "The phillumenist had a hard time obtaining fire insurance on his storage unit."

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