[ loo-net ]
/ luˈnɛt /


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).

Nearby words

  1. lundy,
  2. lundy isle,
  3. lundy's lane,
  4. lune,
  5. lunes,
  6. lung,
  7. lung book,
  8. lung fluke,
  9. lungan,
  10. lunge

Origin of lunette

1570–80; < French, diminutive of lune moon < Latin lūna; see -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lunette


/ (luːˈnɛt) /


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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Word Origin and History for lunette



1570s, "semi-circular horseshoe," from Middle French lunette (13c.), literally "little moon," diminutive of lune "moon," from Latin luna (see luna). Later applied to a wide range of objects and ornamentations resembling a crescent moon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper