fan·​light | \ ˈfan-ˌlīt How to pronounce fanlight (audio) \

Definition of fanlight

: a semicircular window with radiating bars like the ribs of a fan that is placed over a door or window

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Examples of fanlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its main entry, located in the center of the five-bay façade, was originally constructed with tall double doors that were topped by a fanlight. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 The original openings remain, as does the fanlight. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 Three bays with glass doors topped by fanlights open to a long, brick-faced front entrance that was once an open loggia. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of fanlight

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fanlight was in 1819

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“Fanlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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