Male servant or other attendant (regardless of age), employed to bear a torch or other light abroad at night(noun)
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Use "linkboy" in a sentence
"They could hire a linkboy to light their way through the dark alleys."
"She guessed that he was a linkboy, hired by the middle-aged couple who walked at his side to light their way through the dark streets."
"His reverie was interrupted by the linkboy knocking at the door of honest John Christie, whose wife came forth with “quips, and becks, and wreathed smiles,” to welcome her honoured guest on his return to his apartment."