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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. Archaic. fits of madness.
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Origin of lunes

1605–15; < French, Middle French, plural of lune caprice < Medieval Latin lūna fit of lunacy, special use of Latin lūna moon; compare German Laune


  1. anything shaped like a crescent or a half moon.
  2. a crescent-shaped figure bounded by two arcs of circles, either on a plane or a spherical surface.
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Origin of lune1

First recorded in 1695–1705, lune is from the Latin word lūna moon


noun Falconry.
  1. a line for securing a hawk.
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Origin of lune2

1425–75; late Middle English, variant of loyn < Middle French loigne longe
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Examples from the Web for lunes

Historical Examples

  • Sir Launcelot said: "Yea, Lady, and there she hangs, caught by her lunes in yonder elm-tree."

    The Story of the Champions of the Round Table

    Howard Pyle

  • In the course of a few hours poor Lunes was brought to me in a most desolate condition.

    Captain Canot

    Brantz Mayer

British Dictionary definitions for lunes


    1. a section of the surface of a sphere enclosed between two semicircles that intersect at opposite points on the sphere
    2. a crescent-shaped figure formed on a plane surface by the intersection of the arcs of two circles
  1. something shaped like a crescent
  2. RC Church another word for lunette (def. 6)
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin lūna moon


  1. falconry a leash for hawks or falcons
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Word Origin

C14 loigne, from Old French, from Medieval Latin longia, longea, from Latin longus long 1
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Word Origin and History for lunes



figure formed by two arcs of circles, 1704, from Latin luna "moon; crescent-shaped badge" (see luna).

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