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[feyn] /feɪn/
a temple.
Archaic. a church.
Origin of fane
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin fānum temple, sanctuary Unabridged
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  • 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.

    Tancred 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.

  • He looked at her, inquiring of her whole person what numen abode in the fane.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • fane turned to encounter Gregory, who had come in by a side door.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • "Mr. Atwell wants to see you a moment, Mr. fane," she said to the clerk.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • fane turned uneasily, and said with a sigh, he guessed he must be going, now.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • With fane it was over now, but with Clementina the worst was perhaps to come yet.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for fane


(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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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