magic lantern


a device having an enclosed lamp and a lenslike opening, formerly used for projecting and magnifying images mounted on slides or films.

Origin of magic lantern

First recorded in 1690–1700 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for magic lantern

projector, stereopticon

Examples from the Web for magic lantern

Historical Examples of magic lantern

  • It was as if I saw a living miniature about the size of a magic-lantern slide.


    Charles Webster Leadbeater

  • The girls had got some friends coming, and wanted me to show off the magic-lantern.

  • Then at last the scene sprang out as on the screen of a magic-lantern.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

  • All over the kingdom, he and his magic-lantern, year after year, goes Mr. Wood.

  • The passers-by vary in feature like the slides of a magic-lantern.

British Dictionary definitions for magic lantern

magic lantern


an early type of slide projectorSometimes shortened to: lantern
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