lantern

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

Definition of lantern

1 :a usually portable protective case for a light with transparent openings — compare chinese lantern
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 :projector 2b

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Origin and Etymology of lantern

Middle English lanterne, from Anglo-French, from Latin lanterna, from Greek lamptēr, from lampein to shine — more at lamp


LANTERN Defined for English Language Learners

lantern

noun

Definition of lantern for English Language Learners

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


LANTERN Defined for Kids

lantern

noun lan·tern \ ˈlan-tərn \

Definition of lantern for Students

:a usually portable lamp with a protective covering


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