What does lantern mean?

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ˈlæn tərnlantern

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lanternnoun

    light in a transparent protective case


  1. lanternnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lanternnoun

    A transparent case for a candle.

    Etymology: lanterne, French; laterna, Latin:

    God shall be my hope,
    My stay, my guide, my lanthorn to my feet. William Shakespeare.

    Thou art our admiral; thou bearest the lanthorn in the poop, but ’tis in the nose of thee; thou art the knight of the burning lamp. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    A candle lasteth longer in a lanthorn than at large. Francis Bacon.

    Amongst the excellent acts of that king, one hath the pre-eminence, the erection and institution of a society, which we call Solomon’s house; the noblest foundation that ever was, and the lanthorn of this kingdom. Francis Bacon, Atlantis.

    O thievish night,
    Why shouldst thou, but for some felonious end,
    In thy dark lanthorn thus close up the stars,
    That nature hung in heav’n, and fill’d their lamps
    With everlasting oil, to give due light
    To the misled and lonely traveller. John Milton.

    Vice is like a dark lanthorn, which turns its bright side only to him that bears it, but looks black and dismal in another’s hand. Govern. Tong.

    Judge what a ridiculous thing it were, that the continued shadow of the earth should be broken by sudden miraculous eruptions of light, to prevent the art of the lantern-maker. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.

    There are at Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Rome, great hospitals, in the walls of which are placed machines in the shape of large lanthorns, with a little door in the side of them. Addis.

    Our ideas succeed one another in our minds, not much unlike the images in the inside of a lanthorn, turned round by the heat of a candle. John Locke.

    Caprea, where the lanthorn fix’d on high
    Shines like a moon through the benighted Sky,
    While by its beams the wary sailor steers. Addison.


  1. Lantern

    A lantern is an often portable source of lighting, typically featuring a protective enclosure for the light source – historically usually a candle or a wick in oil, and often a battery-powered light in modern times – to make it easier to carry and hang up, and make it more reliable outdoors or in drafty interiors. Lanterns may also be used for signaling, as torches, or as general light-sources outdoors.


  1. lantern

    A lantern is a portable device used to illuminate areas, often consisting of a protective casing that holds a light source such as a candle or a light bulb. It usually has a handle for easy carrying or for hanging it. Lanterns are typically used for outdoor activities like camping or during power outages. They can also be used for decorative purposes or in festivals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lanternnoun

    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. Lanternnoun

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

  3. Lanternnoun

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

  4. Lanternnoun

    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. Lanternnoun

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

  6. Lanternnoun

    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. Lanternnoun

    a perforated barrel to form a core upon

  8. Lanternnoun

    see Aristotle's lantern

  9. Lanternverb

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

  10. Etymology: [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. Mohammed Neguib:

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

  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. John Jay Chapman:

    If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.

  4. Michael Wong:

    It's kind of like a jack-o-lantern, you see bright infrared light coming from cloud-free areas, but where there are clouds, it's really dark in the infrared.

  5. 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.

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