- a distinctly protruding, often wide lower jaw.
- a long, thin jaw.
Origin of lantern jaw
First recorded in 1690–1700; so called from the fancied resemblance of the face to the shape of a lantern
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- (when plural, refers to upper and lower jaw; when singular usually to lower jaw) a long hollow jaw that gives the face a drawn appearance
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- A lower jaw that protrudes beyond the upper jaw.
- A long, thin jaw that gives the face a gaunt appearance.
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