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  1. a temple.
  2. Archaic. a church.

Origin of fane

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin fānum temple, sanctuary
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Examples from the Web for fane

Historical Examples

  • You must look forward to Italy with great interest, Miss Fane?

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • All applauded him very warmly, and no one more so than Miss Fane.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Upon his right was the fane to which Astarte led him on his visit of initiation.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • But Miss Fane was quite as interested in listening as Muriel was in talking.

  • Dunne brought Fane to Hicks, who asked him the way to Mrs. Lisle's.

British Dictionary definitions for fane


  1. archaic, or poetic a temple or shrine

Word Origin

C14: from Latin fānum
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Word Origin and History for fane


"weathercock," late 14c., from Old English fana "flag, banner," from Proto-Germanic *fanon (cf. Old Frisian fana, Gothic fana "piece of cloth," Old High German fano, German Fahne "flag, standard"); possibly cognate with Latin pannus "piece of cloth" (see pane).

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