Definition of tilley lamp in English:

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tilley lamp

Pronunciation: /ˈtɪli/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also tilly lamp)


A portable oil or paraffin lamp in which air pressure is used to supply the burner with fuel.
Example sentences
  • We had a little pavilion that we painted ourselves with a tilly lamp inside and a primus stove.
  • I am often walking long ways over dangerous ground, so I need my hands free; for that reason I never use a tilley lamp and instead rely on a good quality headlamp.
  • We used tilly lamps for light and had to transport oil and other fuel to the house.


1930s: from the name of the manufacturers.

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