a lamp in a transparent case, often a metal case with glass sides, that has a handle, so that you can carry it outside see also Chinese lantern Word Origin Middle English: from Old French lanterne, from Latin lanterna, from Greek lamptēr
‘torch, lamp’, from lampein ‘to shine’.Extra examples A lantern lit the small room. He shone his lantern into the dark room. She carried a lantern to light her way. The lantern hung from the roof. They saw people hanging paper lanterns from their windows. Coloured lanterns hung in the trees around the lawn.