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fanlight

[fan-lahyt] /ˈfænˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a window over a door or another window, especially one having the form of a semicircle or of half an ellipse.
Origin of fanlight
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; fan1 + light1
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  • Usually when he was at home there was a light in his hall which showed through the fanlight.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • They came to her clearly through the ventilator above the fanlight.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • He pressed it again after an interval, and stepped back to look at the fanlight.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • They think that the fanlight may have attracted me, and desire to make sure.

    Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent John T. McIntyre
  • I will go to the top of the house and guard the fanlight leading to the roof.

    The Weight of the Crown

    Fred M. White
  • Then he perceived through the fanlight an illumination in the hall.

    Hugo Arnold Bennett
  • It has a fanlight over the front door, windows exquisitely proportion, and in the center a vast brick chimney.

    Great Possessions David Grayson
  • Before retiring, Coristine looked at the fanlight over the door of No. 32; it was dark.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
  • He stood there, dazed and still, beneath the dim yellow of his own fanlight; and once again that inward spring flew back.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • The terrific report was followed by screams within and a fresh shower of glass from the fanlight.

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for fanlight

fanlight

/ˈfænˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a semicircular window over a door or window, often having sash bars like the ribs of a fan
2.
a small rectangular window over a door US name transom
3.
another name for skylight
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