lunettes

lunette

[loo-net]
noun
1.
any of various objects or spaces of crescentlike or semicircular outline or section.
2.
Architecture. (in the plane of a wall) an area enframed by an arch or vault.
3.
a painting, sculpture, or window filling such an area.
4.
Fortification. a work consisting of a salient angle with two flanks and an open gorge.
5.
Ordnance. a towing ring in the trail plate of a towed vehicle, as a gun carriage.
6.
Ecclesiastical, Luna ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1570–80; < French, diminutive of lune moon < Latin lūna; see -ette

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lunette (luːˈnɛt)
 
n
1.  anything that is shaped like a crescent
2.  an oval or circular opening to admit light in a dome
3.  a semicircular panel containing a window, mural, or sculpture
4.  a ring attached to a vehicle, into which a hook is inserted so that it can be towed
5.  a type of fortification like a detached bastion
6.  RC Church Also called: lune a case fitted with a bracket to hold the consecrated host
 
[C16: from French: crescent, from lune moon, from Latin lūna]

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lunette
1580, from M.Fr., lit. "little moon," dim. of lune "moon," from L. luna. Originally a type of horse shoe, later applied to a wide range of objects and ornamentations resembling a crescent moon.
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