fan·​tail | \ ˈfan-ˌtāl How to pronounce fantail (audio) \

Definition of fantail

1 : a fan-shaped tail or end
2 : a domestic pigeon having a broad rounded tail often with 30 or 40 feathers
3 : an architectural part resembling a fan
4 : a counter or after overhang of a ship shaped like a duck's bill

Examples of fantail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Willson and his team of volunteers are currently working on the fantail, or rear, of the Aurora and aim to fully restore the galley and dining area throughout the rest of 2022. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 8 Apr. 2022 On the walk, guests should keep an eye out for native rātā, kōwhai and pōhutukawa trees, and wildlife including the North Island tomtit, kaka, tui, and fantail birds. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2022 The golden bronze fish had the showy fins of the fantail carp and the distinctive scale pattern of a mirror carp. Jesse Leavenworth,, 4 June 2021 During that time, luxury cars were sometimes designed with back ends tapered to a point like the fantail of a boat. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 27 May 2021 Two RHIBs launched off the fantail and pulled alongside the burning trawler. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 26 Jan. 2021 Esper will deliver his remarks from the fantail of the historic ship, now moored in Pearl Harbor. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 2 Sep. 2020 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii — Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command take part in the official 75th World War II Commemoration Ceremony on the fantail of battleship Missouri memorial. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 2 Sep. 2020 Some of the crew used a ladder on the fantail, while others went for the open stern notch at the ship’s stern, where heaving lines were thrown to shipmates in the water. David Aaro, Fox News, 28 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of fantail

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fantail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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