Jack-o-lantern definitions

jăk'ə-lăn'tərn
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A hollow pumpkin cut to look like a face and usually illuminated inside as by a candle, used as a decoration at Halloween.
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A lantern made from a hollowed pumpkin with a carved face, usually displayed on Halloween.
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A carved pumpkin whose top and stem have been cut out and interior removed, leaving a hollow shell that is then decorated to represent a face, illuminated from within by a candle.
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(archaic) A will o' the wisp.
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(idiomatic, English folklore) Will o' the wisp, a strange light that attracts travellers.
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(US, tradition) A vegetable, usually a pumpkin, but alternatively a turnip, carved into the form of a face and lighted within by a candle. Associated chiefly with the holiday Halloween.
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Origin of jack-o-lantern

Jack (“male given name”) + o' + lantern. Attested as a term for ignis fatuus in English folklore in the 1660s, mostly in East Anglia but also in southwestern England. The sense of carved pumpkin in American English is attested in 1834.