one of the divisions of a window or the like, consisting of a single plate of glass in a frame.
a plate of glass for such a division.
a panel, as of a wainscot, ceiling, door, etc.
a flat section, side, or surface, as one of the sides of a bolthead.
Philately. a sheet of stamps or any large portion of one, as a half or a quarter, as issued by the post office.

Origin of pane

1250–1300; Middle English pane, pan strip of cloth, section < Middle French pan < Latin pannus cloth; akin to Old English fana flag; see vane
Related formspane·less, adjective


[pa-ney; French pa-ney]


(of food) prepared with bread crumbs; breaded.

Origin of pané

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Examples from the Web for pane

Contemporary Examples of pane

Historical Examples of pane

  • Yates caught up a handful of sand, and flung it lightly against the pane.

  • A moment's hesitation, and he tapped resolutely on the pane with his finger tips.

  • He almost smashed a pane of glass with his shoulder as he missed the door.


    Emile Zola

  • To please her, the priest left a pane or two in each window unfilled.

  • There was a sound from behind the pane as if the imprisoned one had slapped his knee.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for pane




a sheet of glass in a window or door
a panel of a window, door, wall, etc
a flat section or face, as of a cut diamond
  1. any of the rectangular marked divisions of a sheet of stamps made for convenience in selling
  2. a single page in a stamp bookletSee also tête-bêche, se tenant

Word Origin for pane

C13: from Old French pan portion, from Latin pannus rag



noun, verb

a variant of peen



(of fish, meat, etc) dipped or rolled in breadcrumbs before cooking
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Word Origin and History for pane

mid-13c., "garment, part of a garment," later "side of a building, section of a wall," from Old French pan "section, piece, panel" (11c.), from Latin pannum (nominative pannus) "piece of cloth, garment," possibly from PIE root *pan- "fabric" (cf. Gothic fana "piece of cloth," Greek penos "web," Old English fanna "flag"). Sense of "window glass" first attested mid-15c.

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