- 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
Examples from the Web for 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 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.