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[lant-hawrn, lan-tern] /ˈlæntˌhɔrn, ˈlæn tərn/
noun, Archaic.
Origin of lanthorn
First recorded in 1580-90; alteration by folk etymology (lanterns formerly had reflectors made of translucent sheets of horn) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Cicada, celebrated for its chirp, and the lanthorn fly, belong to this group.

  • Can you hold out while I lower the lanthorn as far as the string will go?

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • The church is like a lanthorn, so full of windows, and very fine, though perpendicular.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • For answer Vince threw him down the rope, which he had freed from the lanthorn.

    Cormorant Crag George Manville Fenn
  • One of the turning-box attendants opened a door; by the light of the lanthorn I noticed a staircase that descended under ground.

  • Mike had made a dart to seize the lanthorn, but he paused now.

    Cormorant Crag George Manville Fenn
  • Besides the lanthorn and the matches, there was found on the person of Fawkes, a pocket watch!

    Guy Fawkes Thomas Lathbury
  • He bore my glance a moment, then turned and took up the lanthorn.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • They nodded and grinned their horrible grin, and bade one light a lanthorn and lead me.

  • An ignis fatuus, perhaps; a Jack-o'-lanthorn begotten of putrescence.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for lanthorn


/ˈlæntˌhɔːn; ˈlæntən/
an archaic word for lantern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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