- a container with a wick for burning oil, alcohol, etc. to produce light or heat: the wick is often enclosed in a glass tube or chimney, to protect the flame
- a gas jet, lightbulb, etc. for producing light or heat
- a holder, stand, or frame, often decorative and typically including a lampshade, for supporting such a gas jet or for holding a lightbulb
- a source of knowledge, wisdom, or spiritual strength
- Old Poet. the sun, moon, a star, etc.
- [pl.]Slang the eyes
Origin of lampMiddle English lampe from Old French from Vulgar Latin lampade from Classical Latin lampas (gen. lampadis) from Classical Greek from lampein, to shine from Indo-European base an unverified form lap- from source Latvian l?pa, torch