a window over a door or another window, especially one having the form of a semicircle or of half an ellipse.
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How to use fanlight in a sentence
fanlight openers for single lights, or geared for a number of sashes, may be designed to suit positions difficult of access.
It had the staid and comfortable stamp of the Georgian period, with its big square windows, and the unique fanlight over the door.In Friendship's Guise | Wm. Murray Graydon
Just the scent of camphor, and dust-motes in a sunbeam through the fanlight over the door.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III. | John Galsworthy
At the red-brick Home with the green fanlight over the door his reception was more cordial.Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
Nearly every one of them had “Apartments” in gilt letters on the fanlight over the front door.Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
British Dictionary definitions for fanlight
a semicircular window over a door or window, often having sash bars like the ribs of a fan
a small rectangular window over a door: US name: transom
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