a temple.
Archaic. a church.

Nearby words

  1. fancy-pants,
  2. fancywork,
  3. fandangle,
  4. fandango,
  5. fandom,
  6. fanega,
  7. fanegada,
  8. faneuil,
  9. faneuil hall,
  10. fanfani

Origin of fane

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin fānum temple, sanctuary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fanes

British Dictionary definitions for fanes



archaic, or poetic a temple or shrine

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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