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A lantern is a portable lighting device used to illuminate broad areas.
Lantern may also refer to:
- Roof lantern, an architectural term to describe a structure above a dome, or other roof, with openings to admit light or air. Often crowned with a cupola, or in the form of a "Lantern Tower".
- A stage lighting instrument used in theatre and television
- A large window above a stage, used before stage lighting to illuminate the action
- The structure enclosing the light and lens of a lighthouse.
- Lantern (album), an album by the band Clogs
- Lanterns (song). a song by Birds of Tokyo
- The Lantern, an early newspaper of the Cape Colony
- The Lantern, a student-run newspaper at The Ohio State University
- Lantern frame, a machine used to wind cotton in an Arkwright-type mill
- Large flashlights of six volts and more, with the battery cells housed side by side rather than end to end, have often been called lanterns, even though they produce a directional beam and are typically used for directed rather than area illumination.
- Cage gear, also called a lantern gear or lantern pinion. A type of gear with cylindrical rods for teeth
- Chinese lantern, a paper lantern or sky lantern
- Green Lantern, a fictional DC Comics superhero
- Lanterns of the Dead, an architectural name for the small towers in stone found chiefly in the center and west of France
- The Lanterns, small Tasmanian islands, Australia
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