a collapsible lantern of thin, colored paper, often used for decorative lighting.
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Also called Japanese lantern.
Origin of Chinese lantern
First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for chinese lantern
a collapsible lantern made of thin coloured paper
an Asian solanaceous plant, Physalis franchetii, cultivated for its attractive orange-red inflated calyxSee also winter cherry
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