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lantern

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noun, often attributive lan·tern \ˈlan-tərn\

Simple Definition of lantern

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lantern

  1. 1 :  a usually portable protective case for a light with transparent openings — compare chinese lantern

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  projector 2b

Origin and Etymology 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


LANTERN Defined for Kids

lantern

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noun lan·tern \ˈlan-tərn\

Definition of lantern for Students

  1. :  a usually portable lamp with a protective covering





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