- 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
Related Words for lunettebay, aperture, bow, fenestella, oriel, jalousie, dormer, casement, fenestration, fanlight, fenestra, lunette, skylight, porthole, lancet, lucarne, mullioned
Examples from the Web for lunette
Historical Examples of lunette
Only on Sans Quartier's cabbage-patch the lunette now stood complete.Fort Amity
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It seems that there was a lunette over the top, containing a Pietà.Luca Signorelli
The archbishop fell to the ground, as did the lunette of the monstrance.
This work has a lunette which is generally, and I suppose correctly, ascribed to Gaudenzio.Ex Voto
The lunette, however, was evidently painted by the Limbourgs.Chantilly in History and Art
Louise M. Richter
- 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
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.