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
Adding lighting, a bartender sink, or hanging lanterns can make for a festive corner of the yard or center of attention during a patio party.
There are night watchmen trudging through the snow and a lamplighter with his ladder and lantern.
Further, waiting for Fox News or TheBlaze to denounce these death threats against Taylor is as futile as holding a lantern up in broad daylight looking for an honest man.
North Miami’s Chinatown arts district could include a promenade with shade trees and street lights inspired by Chinese lanterns.
No lanterns are allowed and flashlights should have only red lights -- no white lights.
Behind each Bedouin-style tent is a retro-safari aesthetic (think iron lanterns, vintage suitcases and rush matting) paired with flawless modern amenities.
Marissa Brown, who has moved back home to Hawaii to be closer to family, plans a quiet Monday, participating in the lantern float on Ala Moana Beach organized by a Buddhist group.
The celebration of all things photovoltaic, in New York City through October 25, includes lanterns and laptops, cookers and cars, and even a mower that grazes the lawn from sunrise to sunset.
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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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