noun Classical Mythology.

one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.

Origin of faun

1325–75; Middle English (< Old French faune) < Latin faunus; cf. Faunus
Related formsfaun·like, adjective
Can be confusedfaun fawn
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Historical Examples of faun

  • I have been finishing the arm of the Faun in that pavilion outside the town.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • At last his eyes rested on the Faun, and he remembered at once where he was.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • The man addressed was handsome as a faun might be and as a tiger is.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • His descriptive letters to Badollet read like the “Idylls of a Faun.”

    Albert Gallatin

    John Austin Stevens

  • The Faun waved his pipes saucily at the Phoenix and gave a wry smile.

    David and the Phoenix

    Edward Ormondroyd

British Dictionary definitions for faun



(in Roman legend) a rural deity represented as a man with a goat's ears, horns, tail, and hind legs
Derived Formsfaunlike, adjective

Word Origin for faun

C14: back formation from Faunes (plural), from Latin Faunus
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Word Origin and History for faun

late 14c., from Latin Faunus, a word of unknown origin. A god of the countryside, worshipped especially by farmers and shepherds, equivalent of Greek Pan. Formerly men with goat horns and tails, later with goat legs, which caused them to be assimilated to satyrs, but they have diverged again lately.

The faun is now regarded rather as the type of unsophisticated & the satyr of unpurified man; the first is man still in intimate communion with Nature, the second is man still swayed by bestial passions. [Fowler]

The plural is fauni.

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