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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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  • The fanes symbolize the funeral pyre, for whoever enters the nether world must scorn the fear of death.

  • Have not all religions been glad to give their fanes the glory and majesty of great trees?

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • But the fanes and museums of these rock-gods are guarded against the too easy profanation of human curiosity.

    The Crest of the Continent Ernest Ingersoll
  • He is very like his mother's family, except that the fanes are not so ugly.

    Diana Tempest, Volume I (of 3) Mary Cholmondeley
  • Towers of battle, domes of prayer, fanes of worship, and then—the kneeling women!

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • "Oh, the fanes—the Ruthv—" He stammered himself into silence.

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
  • References to religion and religious ceremonies and fanes are of the slightest kind.

  • Illusion is for life's golden prime, its fanes and pavilions may be reared but by the magic wand of Youth.

  • In the year 426, during the reign of Theodosius the Younger, there was a great destruction of the temples and fanes.

  • The Scandinavian name for women endowed with the gift of prophecy was fanae, fanes.

    Taboo and Genetics Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
British Dictionary definitions for fanes


(archaic or poetic) a temple or shrine
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fānum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fanes



"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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