Origin of fane

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin fānum temple, sanctuary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fane

Historical Examples of fane

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


    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • 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

  • Fane turned to encounter Gregory, who had come in by a side door.

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for fane


  1. archaic, or poetic a temple or shrine

Word Origin for fane

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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