- 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.
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|Marlow Stern|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A quarter of an hour after that, Blangin reappeared, holding a lantern and an enormous bunch of keys in his hands.Within an Inch of His Life|Emile Gaboriau
Above the actual dome is the Golden Gallery, and then the lantern, roofed with a dome bearing the ball and cross.The Cathedrals of Great Britain|P. H. Ditchfield
The lens is surrounded by a metal case or lantern, in which is placed the electric lamp upon a slide for focussing.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare|C. W. Sleeman
British Dictionary definitions for lantern
Word Origin for 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.