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Origin of pan

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English panne; cognate with Dutch pan, German Pfanne, Old Norse panna; further origin uncertain, perhaps from assumed Vulgar Latin patna, panna “pan,” from Latin patena, patina “shallow dish, shallow pan, stewpan,” from Greek patánē “dish, flat dish.” Pan, in the sense “face,” is an Americanism first recorded in 1920–25; see origin at paten

OTHER WORDS FROM pan

panner, noun

Other definitions for pan (2 of 8)

pan2
[ pan ]
/ pæn /

verb (used without object), panned, pan·ning.
to film, photograph, or televise something with the camera fixed in place and pivoted horizontally left or right, in order to keep a moving person or object in view or to capture a panorama: They usually pan from one end of the playing field to the other during the opening of the football game.
(of a camera) to be pivoted horizontally to the right or left from a fixed place in order to keep a moving person or object in view or to capture a panorama: The cameras panned occasionally during the scene.
verb (used with object), panned, pan·ning.
to pivot (a camera) on its horizontal axis in order to follow a moving person or thing, or to capture an extended view: to pan the camera across the scene.
to photograph, film, or televise (a scene, moving character, etc.) by pivoting the camera on its horizontal axis:pan the skyline.
noun
the act of pivoting a camera, which is fixed in place, to the left or right.
Also called panning shot . the filmed shot resulting from this.

Origin of pan

2
First recorded in 1920–25; shortening of panorama

Other definitions for pan (3 of 8)

pan3
[ pan ]
/ pæn /

noun
a major vertical division of a wall.
a nogged panel of half-timber construction.

Origin of pan

3
First recorded in 1735–45; from French, Middle French; see origin at pane

Other definitions for pan (4 of 8)

pan4
[ pahn ]
/ pɑn /

noun
the leaf of the betel.
a substance, especially betel nut or a betel-nut mixture, used for chewing.

Origin of pan

4
First recorded in 1610–20; from Hindi pān; compare Pali, Prakrit paṇṇa, Sanskrit parṇa “leaf, betel leaf”

Other definitions for pan (5 of 8)

pan5
[ pahn ]
/ pɑn /

noun Informal.

Origin of pan

5
First recorded in 1935–40; by shortening

Other definitions for pan (6 of 8)

Pan
[ pan ]
/ pæn /

noun
the ancient Greek god of forests, pastures, flocks, and shepherds, represented with the head, chest, and arms of a man and the legs and sometimes the horns and ears of a goat.

Other definitions for pan (7 of 8)

pan-

a combining form meaning “all,” occurring originally in loanwords from Greek (panacea; panoply), but now used freely as a general formative (panleukopenia; panorama; pantelegraph; pantheism; pantonality), and especially in terms, formed at will, implying the union of all branches of a group (Pan-Christian; Panhellenic; Pan-Slavism). The hyphen and the second capital tend with longer use to be lost, unless they are retained in order to set off clearly the component parts.
Also pant-, panto- .

Origin of pan-

<Greek pan- combining form of pâs (neuter pân) all, every, pân everything

Other definitions for pan (8 of 8)

Pan.

abbreviation
Panama.
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British Dictionary definitions for pan (1 of 6)

pan1
/ (pæn) /

noun
verb pans, panning or panned
See also pan out

Word Origin for pan

Old English panne; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse panna, Old High German pfanna

British Dictionary definitions for pan (2 of 6)

pan2
/ (pæn) /

verb pans, panning or panned
to move (a film camera) or (of a film camera) to be moved so as to follow a moving object or obtain a panoramic effect
noun
  1. the act of panning
  2. (as modifier)a pan shot

Word Origin for pan

C20: shortened from panoramic

British Dictionary definitions for pan (3 of 6)

pan3

paan (pɑːn)

/ (pæn) /

noun
the leaf of the betel tree
a preparation of this leaf which is chewed, together with betel nuts and lime, in India and the East Indies

Word Origin for pan

C17: from Hindi, from Sanskrit parna feather, wing, leaf

British Dictionary definitions for pan (4 of 6)

Pan
/ (pæn) /

noun
Greek myth the god of fields, woods, shepherds, and flocks, represented as a man with a goat's legs, horns, and earsRelated adjectives: Pandean, Panic

British Dictionary definitions for pan (5 of 6)

pan-

combining form
all or everypanchromatic
including or relating to all parts or membersPan-African; pantheistic

Word Origin for pan-

from Greek pan, neuter of pas all

British Dictionary definitions for pan (6 of 6)

Pan.

abbreviation for
Panama
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Cultural definitions for pan

Pan

The Greek god of flocks, forests, meadows, and shepherds. He had the horns and feet of a goat. Pan frolicked about the landscape, playing delightful tunes.

notes for Pan

Pan's musical instrument was a set of reed pipes, the “pipes of Pan.”

notes for Pan

According to legend, Pan was the source of scary noises in the wilderness at night. Fright at these noises was called “panic.”
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pan

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