Definition of jack-o'-lantern in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjakəˌlan(t)ərn/


1A lantern made from a hollowed-out pumpkin in which holes are cut to represent facial features, typically made at Halloween.
Example sentences
  • But zucchini is a different matter: His squash grow so well - and so large - that he saves the biggest ones to carve as green jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween.
  • He wasn't around last Halloween when someone smashed the six jack-o'-lanterns I carved to spell ‘BE SAFE.’
  • Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
2 archaic An ignis fatuus.

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Syllabification: jack-o'-lan·tern

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