[ fan-lahyt ]
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  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

First recorded in 1835–45; fan1 + light1

Words Nearby fanlight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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.

  • 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


/ (ˈfænˌlaɪt) /

  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

  1. another name for skylight

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