faun

noun

ˈfȯn How to pronounce faun (audio)
ˈfän
: a figure in Roman mythology similar to but gentler than the satyr

Examples of faun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The teaser doesn’t show too much, except a glimpse of a faun, and perhaps a menacing minotaur, two fixtures from the mythical world of Greek gods. Dan Heching, CNN, 18 Aug. 2023 His faun-like tail? Cammy Brothers, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Here, though, all the dancers are the faun and their attention locks not on a nymph but on us. Brian Seibert, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2023 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

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin faunus, from Faunus

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of faun was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Faun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faun. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

faun

noun
ˈfȯn How to pronounce faun (audio)
ˈfän
: a figure in Roman mythology dwelling in the country and represented as part goat and part man
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