Meaning of LIGHTER in English


I. ˈlī-tər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch * lichter, from lichten to unload; akin to Old English lēoht light in weight

Date: 14th century

: a large usually flat-bottomed barge used especially in unloading or loading ships

II. transitive verb

Date: 1840

: to convey by a lighter

III. noun

Date: 1553

1. : one that lights or sets a fire

2. : a device for lighting a fire ; especially : a mechanical or electrical device used for lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes

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