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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fanlight

Historical Examples of fanlight

  • He stood there, dazed and still, beneath the dim yellow of his own fanlight; and once again that inward spring flew back.

    The Return

    Walter de la Mare

  • Oftener, where an entablature supported by engaged columns was surmounted by a pediment, the fanlight over the door was omitted.

  • Some one stirred within, and a ray of light in the fanlight grew bright as footsteps in the passage drew near.

    The Moon Rock

    Arthur J. Rees

  • They were quaint, shabby little dwellings, and against more than one fanlight was displayed a card bearing the word "Lodgings."

    Studies in Wives

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • Rarely occurred a doorway having a complete entablature above a fanlight surmounted by a pediment.

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 doorUS name: transom
another name for skylight
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