Definition of Argand lamp in English:

Argand lamp


  • An oil or gas lamp equipped with a tubular wick that allowed air to pass both inner and outer surfaces of the flame, securing more perfect combustion and brighter light.

    ‘In the 1830s Argand lamps became increasingly complex, and stands for lamps were included in the show in 1831.’
    • ‘Lamps with a circular font produced light of the same pleasing quality as the Argand lamp and went far toward eliminating the shadow problem, but they did not resolve the issue entirely.’
    • ‘In Paris in 1786 Thomas Jefferson ordered silver plated Argand lamps for Monticello, his house in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in 1790 George Washington ordered them for Mount Vernon, also in Virginia.’
    • ‘However, Argand lamps were difficult to refill, their fuel reservoir cast a shadow, and the lamp began to lose popularity about the middle of the nineteenth century, although the burner endured.’
    • ‘The Argand lamps in the dining room and parlor are especially interesting.’


Argand lamp

/ˈärɡənd lamp/ /ˈɑrɡənd læmp/


Late 18th century named after Aimé Argand (1755–1803), French physicist.