lunette

[ loo-net ]
/ luˈnɛt /

noun

any of various objects or spaces of crescentlike or semicircular outline or section.
Architecture. (in the plane of a wall) an area enframed by an arch or vault.
a painting, sculpture, or window filling such an area.
Fortification. a work consisting of a salient angle with two flanks and an open gorge.
Ordnance. a towing ring in the trail plate of a towed vehicle, as a gun carriage.
Ecclesiastical. Luna(def 3).

Origin of lunette

1570–80; < French, diminutive of lune moon < Latin lūna; see -ette
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lunette

/ (luːˈnɛt) /

noun

anything that is shaped like a crescent
an oval or circular opening to admit light in a dome
a semicircular panel containing a window, mural, or sculpture
a ring attached to a vehicle, into which a hook is inserted so that it can be towed
a type of fortification like a detached bastion
Also called: lune RC Church a case fitted with a bracket to hold the consecrated host

Word Origin for lunette

C16: from French: crescent, from lune moon, from Latin lūna
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