Definition of lantern
1 : a usually portable protective case for a light with transparent openings — compare chinese lantern
2a obsolete : lighthouseb : the chamber in a lighthouse containing the lightc : a structure with glazed or open sides above an opening in a roof for light or ventilationd : a small tower or cupola or one stage of a cupola
3 : projector 2b
Recent Examples of lantern from the Web
In Korea, it is used for sliding doors and lanterns, so is very sturdy.
Kentucky Myle Band performs at 7 p.m. A lantern launch will be at 10 p.m. • Saturday, July 1: The Cars and Pipes automobile and motorcycle show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kroger Marketplace parking lot near Memorial Park.
The tables had African lanterns, wooden elephants, and floral arrangements of roses and poppies.
Oversize lanterns lit by flameless LED candles can hang or perch along any path that needs brightening.
As the Queen's security is of utmost importance, the Yeomen of the Guard, Britain's oldest royal bodyguards, will take lanterns down to the cellars of the Houses of Parliament to search for explosives.
Indeed, in the final moments of the episode, Chuck sat in a room of torn insulation and paper, kicking his table, inching his gas lantern closer and closer to the edge.
The show has lanterns and lasers, giant floating lotuses that sprout fountains, shamans and animal spirit forms, scenes projected onto water screens, all choreographed to an original musical score.
Sky lanterns are free-floating and use an open flame to rise like a hot-air balloon.
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LANTERN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of lantern for Students
: a usually portable lamp with a protective covering
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