- a transparent or translucent, usually portable, case for enclosing a light and protecting it from the wind, rain, etc.
- the chamber at the top of a lighthouse, surrounding the light.
- magic lantern.
- a tall, more or less open construction admitting light to an enclosed area below.
- any light, decorative structure of relatively small size crowning a roof, dome, etc.
- an open-sided structure on a roof to let out smoke or to assist ventilation.
- a light, usually over the entrance to an elevator on each floor of a multistory building, that signals the approach of the elevator.
Origin of lantern
Examples from the Web for lantern
Our first episode will really hang a lantern on everything being reset, and they just go right back to who they were.'Archer Creator Adam Reed on 'Vice,' Season 6's 'Unreboot,' and New Characters
August 5, 2014
There, by the light of a lantern, he and Jud made Andrew as comfortable as possible.
He got up from his chair, lighted a lantern, and went outside.
He lighted the lantern, and Hal Dozier went down the steep steps, humming.
Imagine scouts scouring the woods with a lantern—with a lantern, Renny!
The telegram was found, and the captain read it, while Tim held the lantern.
- a light with a transparent or translucent protective case
- a structure on top of a dome or roof having openings or windows to admit light or air
- the upper part of a lighthouse that houses the light
- photog short for magic lantern
Word Origin and History for lantern
mid-13c., from Old French lanterne "lamp, lantern, light" (12c.), from Latin lanterna "lantern, lamp, torch," altered (by influence of Latin lucerna "lamp") from Greek lampter "torch," from lampein "to shine" (see lamp). Variant lanthorn (16c.-19c.) was folk etymology based on the common use of horn as a translucent cover. Lantern-jaws "hollow, long cheeks" is from a resemblance noted since at least mid-14c.