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n. pl. jack-o'-lanterns
1. A lantern made from a hollowed pumpkin with a carved face, usually displayed on Halloween.

[From earlier Jack-with-a-lantern, man with a lantern, will-o'-the-wisp.]


1. a lantern made from a hollowed pumpkin, which has holes cut in it to represent a human face
2. (Physical Geography) a will-o'-the-wisp or similar phenomenon


(ˈdʒæk əˌlæn tərn)

1. a hollowed pumpkin with openings cut to represent a human face, traditionally displayed at Halloween, often with a candle or other light inside.
2. any phenomenon of light, as a corona discharge or an ignis fatuus.
3. a poisonous luminescent orange fungus, Omphalotus olearius, that grows in clusters at the base of tree stumps.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jack-o'-lantern - a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy groundjack-o'-lantern - a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
light, visible light, visible radiation - (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
2.jack-o'-lantern - lantern carved from a pumpkin
lantern - light in a transparent protective case


[ˈdʒækəʊˈlæntən] N
1. (= will-o'-the-wisp) → fuego m fatuo
2. (US) (= Hallowe'en lantern) linterna hecha con una calabaza vaciada
References in classic literature ?
The neck was a sharpened stick on which the pumpkin head was set, and the eyes, ears, nose and mouth were carved on the skin of the pumpkin, very like a child's jack-o'-lantern.
While many may simply be dumping their used Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns in the trash this week, a few in Schaumburg Monday went absolutely medieval on the squash.
Yet fire hazards abound on Halloween, as people use sandbag candles and fiery jack-o'-lanterns to decorate their homes and walkways.
| Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns is a popular Halloween tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland although they were made out of turnips or potatoes then.
The first Jack-O'-Lanterns was actually made from turnips.
The original jack-o'-lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes by the Irish and large beets in the UK; they were lit with embers and candles to ward off the evil spirits that punctured the veil on Halloween.
Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns is a popular Hallowe'en tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland.
It wouldn't be right to suggest getting rid of jack-o'-lanterns all together at Halloween!
Victorian Halloween at Blists Hill, Shropshire (October 21-29): The Victorians marked All Hallows' Eve by carving turnips into Jack-o'-lanterns to frighten away evil spirits.
You don't want your place to be tacky mishmash of witches, Jack-o'-lanterns, skeletons and disembodied body parts.