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Meaning of lantern

lan•tern

Pronunciation: (lan'turn), [key]
— n.
  1. a transparent or translucent, usually portable, case for enclosing a light and protecting it from the wind, rain, etc.
  2. the chamber at the top of a lighthouse, surrounding the light.
  3. See
    1. a tall, more or less open construction admitting light to an enclosed area below.
    2. any light, decorative structure of relatively small size crowning a roof, dome, etc.
    3. an open-sided structure on a roof to let out smoke or to assist ventilation.
  4. a light, usually over the entrance to an elevator on each floor of a multistory building, that signals the approach of the elevator.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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