A word used for situations in media- mostly in comics and television- where the concerns, criticisms and arguments of the audience are answered in the text itself to assuage any disbelief and therefore frustration a reader or viewer might possess. By underscoring points of possible contention, usually humorously, the suspension of disbelief is retained.

Often used to account for implausible developments, ridiculous motivations, bizarre twists and illogical situations, a lampshade can also cover obviously cribbed plot elements by having the author acknowledge through a character that "This is just like..."

A lampshade can be used to explain threads that may have lain dormant, and often prods at the fourth wall by having characters address the audience, or realities outside their own existence.

Also known as Spotlighting, sometimes as 'Cousin Larry Trick'. See TVTropes for more information.
GUARD #1: What, ridden on a horse?
GUARD #1: You're using coconuts!
GUARD #1: You've got two empty halves of coconut and you're bangin' 'em together.
-- Monthy Python and the Holy Grail, to lampshade the fact that production could not afford horses for a medieval movie.

"...If you're wondering how he eats and breathes, and other science facts; Just repeat to yourself it's just a show, you should really just relax..."
--From the theme song to Mystery Science Theater 3000, effectively ironing over the pesky scientific impossibilities.
by MomoiroNoMegane October 8, 2009
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Wearing an oversized t-shirt and short athletic shorts that are hidden by the shirt. This gives the girl a sillouette similar to that of a lampshade. (Usually worn by college girls, esp. sorority girls)
I wish these girls would actually try to look nice for class; lampshade is not a good look for anyone.
by zdk2013 September 3, 2014
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Slang for a drug/ mental depressant in liquid form. Like codeine mixed with dirty sprite. Makes you feel numb or DIM... Kinda like a lampshade would do!
Me: Retchy brought the Lampshade.
You: Double cup, pour me up! I'm trying to get faded.
by Liz Khalifa July 30, 2013
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An offensive term for a Jewish person.
Come from World War II, when Nazis would make the skin from Jews into lampshades.
Look at those lampshades over there, I bet they want some sheckles.
by Aquabluejet is a fucking jew January 7, 2018
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Makes a great hat. You should try it sometime!
Person 1: Nice hat! Where did you get it?
Person 2: Ummmm... my house?
Person 1: So you made it?
by nobodycantellhehehe January 10, 2021
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A woman who pretends to be the significant other to a gay male in order to hide his sexuality. Also known as a beard.
"Samantha was totally Michael's lampshade at his grandmother's 80th birthday party!"
by Kam Michards March 9, 2016
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A person who is highly stupid, perverted, sexy, ugly, smart, annoying, smelly and really anything you can think of.

To describe the reason for calling someone "lampshade" is almost impossible since it covers all aspects of what a person might be, except if the person is depressed, then he is a lamp from IKEA
I just want to jizz on her tits and tell her mum about it.

Duuude, your such a lampshade
by abc800itd February 10, 2011
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