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

Definition of faun

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

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One special antique is our English lead dancing faun. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "For Gray Baldwin, ornamental is fundamental," 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, "Amy Schumer’s Head Injury," 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, "Taking the Pulse of New York City Ballet Without Peter Martins," 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, "How The Shape of Water’s Aquatic Beast Got So Sexy," 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, "Review: ‘Paris 05:59 Théo & Hugo’ Finds Two Men Out to Get Lucky," 26 Jan. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of faun

: a creature in Roman mythology that is part human and part goat


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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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