Definition of lantern in English:

lantern

Syllabification: lan·tern
Pronunciation: /ˈlantərn
 
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noun

  • 1A lamp with a transparent case protecting the flame or electric bulb, and typically having a handle by which it can be carried or hung: a paper lantern
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    • Over a three-day period, candles, oil lamps, paper lanterns, and electric bulbs are lit to show how angels lit Buddha's return from heaven.
    • Maxine flicked on the electric lantern she was carrying, filling the corridor with a crisp, bluish light that was strange after the faint orange illumination of the torches.
    • Our hosts provided us each with a candle-lit paper lantern to carry.
  • 1.1The light chamber at the top of a lighthouse.
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    • The proposed aerial will stick out for 1.5 metres alongside the lower walkway railings below the lighthouse lantern, and has two antennae of nearly a metre each.
  • 1.2 short for magic lantern.
  • 2A square, curved, or polygonal structure on the top of a dome or a room, with the sides glazed or open, so as to admit light.
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    • The hexagonal belfry contains six louvers with pointed arches and is crowned by an octagonal lantern and a copper dome.
    • Daylight is admitted by a lantern and bounced off a textile covered funnel-shaped reflector built off the column.
    • On top of each pyramid is a lantern that both brings light to the central stair of the pavilion and acts as a climate control mechanism.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French lanterne, from Latin lanterna, from Greek lamptēr 'torch, lamp', from lampein 'to shine'.

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