- The definition of a lantern is container that holds a light.
An example of a lantern is a hand held light powered by propane, used while camping.
A lantern on the beach.
lantern definition by Webster's New World
- 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 that it can be carried
- the room containing the lamp at the top of a lighthouse
- an open or windowed structure on the roof of a building or in the upper part of a tower or the like, to admit light or air
- magic lantern
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French lanterne ; from Classical Latin lanterna ; from Classical Greek lamptēr ; from lampein, to shine: see lamp
lantern definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An often portable case with transparent or translucent sides for holding and protecting a light.b. A decorative casing for a light, often of paper.c. A light and its protective or decorative case.
- a. The room at the top of a lighthouse where the light is located.b. Obsolete A lighthouse.
- A structure built on top of a roof or dome with open or windowed walls to admit light and air.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French lanterne, from Latin lanterna, from Greek lamptēr, from lampein, to shine.