fanlight

noun

fan·​light ˈfan-ˌlīt How to pronounce fanlight (audio)
: a semicircular window with radiating bars like the ribs of a fan that is placed over a door or window

Illustration of fanlight

Illustration of fanlight

Examples of fanlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, the establishment is part of Backwell’s Island Outpost hotel chain, and boasts 13 Georgian-style cottages adorned with plantation shutters, fretwork fanlights hand-crafted by local artisans, mahogany four-poster beds and French doors spilling out to private verandas. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2024 In the entryway, the original fanlight window from the 1790s is still intact. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 18 Jan. 2024 Andie MacDowell's 3 Children: All About Justin, Rainey and Margaret Qualley The property also features a kitchen with a custom island and marble countertops, a fireplace and a Palladian fanlight window located in the grand living room. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 Main-level highlights include a spacious formal living room sporting a large Palladian fanlight window and wood-burning fireplace decorated with a stylish veined-marble surround, along with a formal dining room flaunting another large window and a ballon-like chandelier. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2023 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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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fanlight was in 1819

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“Fanlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fanlight. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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fanlight

noun
fan·​light ˈfan-ˌlīt How to pronounce fanlight (audio)
: a semicircular window having bars extending from the center that is placed over a door or window

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