noun, often attributive \ˈlan-tərn\

: a light that has usually a glass covering and that can be carried by a handle

Full Definition of LANTERN

:  a usually portable protective case for a light with transparent openings — compare chinese lantern
a obsolete :  lighthouse
b :  the chamber in a lighthouse containing the light
c :  a structure with glazed or open sides above an opening in a roof for light or ventilation
d :  a small tower or cupola or one stage of a cupola
:  projector 2b

Origin of LANTERN

Middle English lanterne, from Anglo-French, from Latin lanterna, from Greek lamptēr, from lampein to shine — more at lamp
First Known Use: 13th century


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