[fan-uh n]
noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. a maniple.
  2. Also called orale. a striped scarflike vestment worn by the pope over the alb when celebrating solemn Pontifical Mass.

Origin of fanon

1350–1400; Middle English fano(u)n < Anglo-French; Old French fanum < Old Low Franconian *fano piece of fabric; compare Old High German, Old Saxon fano in same sense (German Fahne flag), early Medieval Latin fano maniple; see vane, gonfalon


[fan-uh n; French fa-nawn]
  1. Frantz (O·mar) [frants oh-mahr; French frahnts aw-mar] /frænts ˈoʊ mɑr; French frɑ̃ts ɔˈmar/, 1925–61, West Indian psychiatrist and political theorist, born in Martinique; in Algeria after 1953. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun RC Church
  1. a collar-shaped vestment worn by the pope when celebrating mass
  2. (formerly) various pieces of embroidered fabric used in the liturgy

Word Origin for fanon

Middle English, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German fano cloth
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