What does lantern mean?

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ˈlæn tərnlantern

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lantern(noun)

    light in a transparent protective case


  1. lantern(Noun)

    A case of translucent or transparent material made to protect a flame, or light, used to illuminate its surroundings.

  2. Origin: Middle English (13th century), via Old French lanterne from lanterna, itself a corruption of

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lantern(noun)

    something inclosing a light, and protecting it from wind, rain, etc. ; -- sometimes portable, as a closed vessel or case of horn, perforated tin, glass, oiled paper, or other material, having a lamp or candle within; sometimes fixed, as the glazed inclosure of a street light, or of a lighthouse light

  2. Lantern(noun)

    an open structure of light material set upon a roof, to give light and air to the interior

  3. Lantern(noun)

    a cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns

  4. Lantern(noun)

    a smaller and secondary cupola crowning a larger one, for ornament, or to admit light; such as the lantern of the cupola of the Capitol at Washington, or that of the Florence cathedral

  5. Lantern(noun)

    a lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See Lantern pinion (below)

  6. Lantern(noun)

    a kind of cage inserted in a stuffing box and surrounding a piston rod, to separate the packing into two parts and form a chamber between for the reception of steam, etc. ; -- called also lantern brass

  7. Lantern(noun)

    a perforated barrel to form a core upon

  8. Lantern(noun)

    see Aristotle's lantern

  9. Lantern(verb)

    to furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse

  10. Origin: [F. lanterne, L. lanterna, laterna, from Gr. lampth`r light, torch. See Lamp.]


  1. Lantern

    A lantern is a portable lighting device or mounted light fixture used to illuminate broad areas. Lanterns may also be used for signaling, as torches, or as general light sources outdoors. Low light level varieties are used for decoration. The term "lantern" is also used more generically to mean a light source, or the enclosure for a light source. Examples are glass pane enclosed street lights, or the housing for the top lamp and lens section of a lighthouse.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lantern

    lant′ėrn, n. a case for holding or carrying a light, the light chamber of a lighthouse: an ornamental structure surmounting a dome to give light and to crown the fabric: the upper square cage which illuminates a corridor or gallery—obs. form, Lant′horn, from the use of horn for the sides of lanterns.—v.t. to furnish with a lantern.—n. Lant′ern-fly, any insect of family Fulgoridæ, supposed to emit a strong light in the dark.—adj. Lant′ern-jawed, thin-faced.—n.pl. Lant′ern-jaws, thin long jaws.—Lantern of the dead, a tower having a small lighted chamber at the top, once common in French cemeteries; Lantern wheel, a kind of cog-wheel, in which a circle of bars or spindles between two heads engages with the cogs of a spur-wheel.—Chinese lantern, a collapsible paper lantern, generally decorated with flowers; Dark lantern, a lantern having an opaque slide, capable of being partly or wholly shut at pleasure; Magic lantern, an optical instrument by means of which magnified images of small pictures are thrown upon a wall or screen. [Fr. lanterne—L. lanterna—Gr. lamptērlampein, to give light.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lantern

    Ships of war had formerly three poop-lanterns, and one in the main-top, to designate the admiral's ship; also deck-lanterns, fighting-lanterns, magazine-lanterns, &c. The signal-lanterns are peculiar. The great ship lantern, hanging to the poop, appears on the Trajan Column.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lantern in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lantern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of lantern in a Sentence

  1. Cometan:

    Live like lords and ladies with their lantern-lit larders luminously illuminating life’s labyrinth.

  2. Belal Mahmoud:

    We were not able to win the real World Cup, so we just got it as a shisha (hookah), Ramadan lantern and whichever way we can.

  3. Mohammed Neguib:

    Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.

  4. Omar Khayym:

    We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go Round with the Sun-illumined Lantern held In Midnight by the Master of the Show.

  5. Marie-France Kern:

    For cooking always choose a “pie pumpkin” or “sugar pumpkin.” They have much better flavor than those giant pumpkins you turn into a jack-o-lantern.

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