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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: torche 'bunch of twisted straws, torch', from Vulgar Latin torca

torch

1 noun
     
torch
Related topics: Outdoor, Electrical
torch1 [countable]
1 British EnglishTEE a small electric lamp that you carry in your hand [= flashlight American English]
We shone our torches around the cavern.
2DLO a long stick with burning material at one end that produces light:
the Olympic torch
3

carry a torch for somebody

old-fashioned to secretly love and admire someone

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