noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English lanterne, from Anglo-French, from Latin lanterna, from Greek lamptēr, from lampein to shine — more at lamp Date: 13th century 1. a usually portable protective case for a light with transparent openings — compare Chinese lantern 2. a. obsolete lighthouse b. the chamber in a lighthouse containing the light c. a structure with glazed or open sides above an opening in a roof for light or ventilation d. a small tower or cupola or one stage of a cupola 3. projector 2b

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  • Lantern — Lan tern (l[a^]n t[ e]rn), n. [F. lanterne, L. lanterna, laterna, from Gr. lampth r light, torch. See {Lamp}.] 1. Something inclosing a light, and protecting it from wind, rain, etc.; sometimes portable, as a closed vessel or case of horn,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lantern — Lan tern, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lanterned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lanterning}.] [Cf. F. lanterner to hang at the lamp post, fr. lanterne. See {Lantern}.] To furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lantern — • In Italian or modern architecture, a small structure on the top of a dome, for the purpose of admitting light, for promoting ventilation, and for ornament Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Lantern     Lantern …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • lantern — mid 13c., from O.Fr. lanterne lamp, lantern, light (12c.), from L. lanterna lantern, lamp, torch, altered (by influence of L. lucerna lamp ) from Gk. lampter torch, from lampein to shine (see LAMP (Cf. lamp)). Variant lanthorn (16c. 19c.) was… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lantern — [lan′tərn] n. [ME < OFr lanterne < L lanterna < Gr lamptēr < lampein, to shine: see LAMP] 1. a transparent or translucent case for holding a light and protecting it from wind and weather: it usually has a handle on its framework so… …   English World dictionary

  • lantern — [n] lamp beacon, flashlight, gas lamp, gaslight, hurricane lamp, kerosene lamp, light, searchlight, torch; concepts 620,624,628,810 …   New thesaurus

  • lantern — ► NOUN 1) a lamp with a transparent case protecting the flame or electric bulb. 2) the light chamber at the top of a lighthouse. 3) a square, curved, or polygonal structure on the top of a dome or a room, with glazed or open sides. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • Lantern — A lantern is a portable lighting device used to illuminate broad areas. Lanterns may be used for signaling, or as general light sources for camping. Dim varieties are often used for decoration.The term lantern is also used more generically to… …   Wikipedia

  • lantern — n. 1 a a lamp with a transparent usu. glass case protecting a candle flame etc. b a similar electric etc. lamp. c its case. 2 a a raised structure on a dome, room, etc., glazed to admit light. b a similar structure for ventilation etc. 3 the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lantern — n lamp, light, dark lantern, Sl. glim, bull s eye; oil lamp, lampion, hurricane lamp, tornado lamp, safety lamp, miner s lamp; jack o lantern, magic lantern, Japanese lantern, Chinese lantern; barn lantern, kerosene lamp, Coleman lantern,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • lantern — n. 1) to light a lantern 2) to shine a lantern on 3) a battery operated; kerosene (AE), paraffin (BE); propane lantern 4) a lantern flashes; gleams; shines * * * [ læntən] gleams propane lantern shines kerosene (AE) paraffin …   Combinatory dictionary

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