: a piece, section, or side of something: such as
: a framed sheet of glass in a window or door
frost on a window pane
: one of the sections into which a sheet of postage stamps is cut for distribution
paned adjective
paneless adjective

Examples of pane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Identify shapes in your home Find basic shapes around the home, such as rectangles in light switches, squares in window panes, and circles in clocks. Parents Editors, Parents, 23 Aug. 2023 Look under Hardware in the left pane and click on USB. Simon Hill, WIRED, 21 Aug. 2023 The landmark building is known for its 10,000 panes of glass and 236-foot bell tower. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 General comfort levels are high, and the centerpiece is an information display that integrates an 8.0-inch digital readout for the driver and an 11.0-inch center touchscreen under a single pane of glass. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 11 July 2023 On a drab block of downtown D.C. — gray street flanked by gray sidewalks, shaded by hulking gray office buildings — there is a pane of reflective glass emblazoned with the sunshine-yellow image of a wiener dog in profile. Zoe Glasser, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 But just days into their trip, Nico Carter fell to his death from a hotel balcony that was missing a pane of glass. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2023 That shooting left bullet holes in exterior walls and columns, broke a street lamp and damaged several panes of glass and moldings on the front of the building. CBS News, 25 Sep. 2023 Old bomb kills at least 27 people, mostly children, in Somalia As well as shattered window panes, blood and debris from the restaurant could be seen Saturday on the street at the site of the attack. Niamh Kennedy, CNN, 10 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English pane, pan, payne, peyne "panel of an ornamental hanging or a curtain, side of a building, section of a wall, windowpane," borrowed from Anglo-French pan, pane "piece of cloth, tail of a shirt, skirt of a coat, parcel, stretch, territory" (also continental Old & Middle French), going back to Latin pannus "piece of cloth, rag" — more at vane

Note: Homonymous with Middle English pane in these senses is pane "cloak, mantle, fur lining or trim of a garment, rich fur or fabric," borrowed from Anglo-French and Old French penne, panne in these senses. Middle English Dictionary groups these with all the other senses of panne, but the Oxford English Dictionary and Anglo-Norman Dictionary treat them separately, as descended from Latin pinna "feather" (see pen entry 3), reflecting a calque of Old High German fedara, meaning both "feather" and "article made of fur" (or a cognate Germanic form).

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a piece, section, or side of something (as a sheet of glass in a window)
: one of the sections (as of 50 or 100 stamps) into which a sheet of postage stamps is divided

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