fan·​on | \ˈfanən, fəˈnōn\
plural -s

Definition of fanon 

: any of several articles used in religious ceremonials: such as

a : maniple

b : an oblation cloth for carrying vessels and bread for the Eucharist

c : corporal entry 1

d : a vestment that resembles a short cape and is worn by a Roman pontiff at solemn pontifical mass

called also orale

e : infula sense 2a

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History and Etymology for fanon

Middle English fanoun maniple, from Middle French fanon, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fano cloth

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