magic lantern

noun

Definition of magic lantern 

: an early form of optical projector of still pictures using a transparent slide

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The Museum of Fine Art’s has created its own phantasmagoria, an early 19th-century entertainment for thrill-seekers featuring hair-raising sounds and moving images cast by magic lanterns. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 16 Mar. 2018

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1696, in the meaning defined above

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magic lantern

noun

English Language Learners Definition of magic lantern

: a machine that was used in the past to show pictures on a wall or screen

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