jack-o'-lan·​tern ˈja-kə-ˌlan-tərn How to pronounce jack-o'-lantern (audio)
: a lantern made of a pumpkin usually cut to resemble a human face
: a large orangish gill fungus (Omphalotus olearius synonym Clitocybe illudens) that is poisonous and luminescent

Examples of jack-o'-lantern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, with Reese's Pumpkin, the packaging featured a jack-o'-lantern design, but the chocolate inside was simply blank. Sarah Al-Arshani, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 There's more than one way to crack an egg, and there's more than one way to make a jack-o'-lantern. EW.com, 18 Oct. 2023 The decoration, which retails for $180, is currently listed as sold out on Target's website, but social media users have been obsessed with how the jack-o'-lantern that is situated on top of a body draped in tattered black robes also speaks. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 See which celebrity kids are out pumpkin picking with their famous parents Halloween is around the corner, which means candy, costumes — and jack-o'-lanterns! Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 And a yard full of jack-o'-lanterns can make up for not having one giant talking one (maybe). Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2023 In This Article As fall rolls around, pumpkin patches pop up across the South, full of an orange harvest ready to be carved into jack-o'-lanterns and set on our front porches. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 6 Oct. 2023 The jack-o'-lantern, which sits atop a ghoulish body draped in tattered black robes, also speaks. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 4 Oct. 2023 Seriously, how cute is this little guy? 14 Scottish Terrier Pumpkin FREE Scottish Terrier stencil This Scottish Terrier pumpkin carving will make for the cutest jack-o'-lantern in the neighborhood. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of jack-o'-lantern was in 1667

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“Jack-o'-lantern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack-o%27-lantern. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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: a lantern made of a pumpkin usually cut to look like a face

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