Other Word Forms of Jack-o'-lantern
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.
From earlier Jack-with-a-lantern man with a lantern, will-o'-the-wisp
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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