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lanthorn

[lant-hawrn, lan-tern]
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noun Archaic.
  1. lantern.
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Origin of lanthorn

First recorded in 1580–90; alteration by folk etymology (lanterns formerly had reflectors made of translucent sheets of horn)
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Examples from the Web for lanthorn

Historical Examples

  • In one hand he carried a lanthorn; a naked sword in the other.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

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

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

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

  • On the opposite wall the light of the trooper's lanthorn fell brightly.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The lanthorn was dashed from the fellow's hand, and rolled to Kenneth's feet.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for lanthorn

lanthorn

noun
  1. an archaic word for lantern
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