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  1. a temple.
  2. Archaic. a church.
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Origin of fane

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

Historical Examples of fanes

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

    The Soul of a People

    H. Fielding

  • As for their materials, they are dedicated to the fanes of the martyrs.

  • He is very like his mother's family, except that the Fanes are not so ugly.

  • "Oh, the Fanes—the Ruthv—" He stammered himself into silence.

    The Younger Set

    Robert W. Chambers

  • With you will it visit the porticoes, palaces, fanes there raised, so costly and magnificent.

British Dictionary definitions for fanes


  1. archaic, or poetic a temple or shrine
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Word Origin for fane

C14: from Latin fānum
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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).

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