Definition of lantern noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlæntən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæntərn//
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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 OriginMiddle 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lantern