A lantern on the beach.
An example of a lantern is a hand held light powered by propane, used while camping.
- 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 of lanternMiddle English ; from Old French lanterne ; from Classical Latin lanterna ; from Classical Greek lampt?r ; from lampein, to shine: see lamp
- 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 of lanternMiddle English, from Old French lanterne, from Latin lanterna, from Greek lampt&emacron;r, from lampein, to shine.
- A case of translucent or transparent material made to protect a flame, or light, used to illuminate its surroundings.
- (architecture) An open structure of light material set upon a roof, to give light and air to the interior.
- (architecture) A cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns.
- (architecture) A smaller and secondary cupola crowning a larger one, for ornament, or to admit light.
- the lantern of the cupola of the Capitol at Washington, or that of the Florence cathedral
- (engineering) A lantern pinion or trundle wheel.
- (steam engines) A kind of cage inserted in a stuffing box and surrounding a piston rod, to separate the packing into two parts and form a chamber between for the reception of steam, etc.; a lantern brass.
- (metalworking) A perforated barrel to form a core upon.
- (zoology) Aristotle's lantern
(third-person singular simple present lanterns, present participle lanterning, simple past and past participle lanterned)
- To furnish with a lantern.
- to lantern a lighthouse
Middle English (13th century), via Old French lanterne from Latin lanterna (“lantern"), itself a corruption of Ancient Greek Î»Î±Î¼Ï€Ï„Î®Ï (lamptÄ“r, “torch") (see lamp, Î»Î¬Î¼Ï€Ï‰) by influence of Latin lucerna (“lamp"). The spelling lanthorn was current during the 16th to 19th centuries and originates with a folk etymology associating the word with the use of horn as translucent cover. For the verb, compare French lanterner to hang at the lamp-post.