- 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