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
2a 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

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Beyond hanging lanterns and giving (or receiving) envelopes in the symbolic shades, why not incorporate them into your beauty routine, too? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Happy Chinese New Year! 10 Red and Gold Beauty Products for Celebrating the Spring Festival," 2 Feb. 2019 One of the pioneers, 33 Rue Majorelle—in the Gueliz neighborhood across from Majorelle Gardens—sells everything from flamboyant babouches to crocheted lanterns ( Tara Stevens, WSJ, "A Choosy Shopper’s Guide to Marrakesh," 5 Dec. 2018 From what Lara's pictures reveal, the decor included plenty of white florals and lanterns. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Morning America' Star Lara Spencer's Wedding to Rick McVey Was Magical," 4 Sep. 2018 At night, lanterns suspended from olive trees create a warm glow in an intimate courtyard. Lisa Boone,, "Kimpton's new La Peer hotel celebrates the contemporary Los Angeles style," 27 Mar. 2018 Tables are placed outside on a large piazza and within the cave, where lanterns cast a lovely glow over the bar's sandstone walls. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Jordan," 5 Oct. 2016 The vomiting pumpkin—in which green foam spews from a jack-o-lantern’s mouth—has become her signature effect. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "The Female Scientist Who Wants to Blow Up Your TV," 5 Dec. 2018 Note the cascading flowers, hanging lanterns, and lots of of extra-large candles. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Gwyneth Paltrow Just Shared the First Photos From Her Wedding to Brad Falchuk," 2 Nov. 2018 Pumpkin carving, Northgate FRI Pumpkins of all sizes, safe carving tools, paints, candy, jack-o-lantern contest, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "66 fun and spooky Halloween events in Greater Seattle," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lantern

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lantern

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

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The first known use of lantern was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of lantern

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


lan·​tern | \ ˈlan-tərn \

Kids Definition of lantern

: a usually portable lamp with a protective covering

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