[fan-uh n]

noun Ecclesiastical.

a maniple.
Also called orale. a striped scarflike vestment worn by the pope over the alb when celebrating solemn Pontifical Mass.

Nearby words

  1. fanning mill,
  2. fanny,
  3. fanny adams,
  4. fanny pack,
  5. fano,
  6. fanon, frantz omar,
  7. fansub,
  8. fantabulous,
  9. fantail,
  10. fantail darter

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]


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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fanon


noun RC Church

a collar-shaped vestment worn by the pope when celebrating mass
(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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