\ ˈfȯn How to pronounce faun (audio) , ˈfän \

Definition of faun

: a figure in Roman mythology similar to but gentler than the satyr

Examples of faun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the cover: What comes to mind in seeing Christopher Smith’s self-portrait as a faun? Amy Verner, Vogue, 24 June 2021 And what’s up with those zealous, self-flagellating fauns? Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 31 Aug. 2019 They are procedurally generated locales with different rocks, faun and flora. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 11 July 2019 One special antique is our English lead dancing faun. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2018 Avery leaps around like a faun in floral dresses, creepily bending to desk level and inclining her head blankly. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 20 Apr. 2018 Fall, in which the faun character accompanies a lead couple, was exuberantly performed by two casts: Tiler Peck, Joaquin De Luz and Daniel Ulbricht; and Ashley Bouder, Zachary Catazaro and Mr. Mejia. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2018 In his cottage career as Guillermo del Toro’s most reliable creature actor, Doug Jones has transformed into everything from a mystical faun (Pan’s Labyrinth) to a ghostly mother (Crimson Peak). Katey Rich, HWD, 15 Dec. 2017 The speaker is Théo (Geoffrey Couët), a curly-haired faun who seems simultaneously fascinated and terrified by the orgy of licking and thrusting around him. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of faun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faun

Middle English, from Latin faunus, from Faunus

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“Faun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faun. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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Kids Definition of faun

: a Roman god of country life represented as part goat and part man


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