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[fan-lahyt] /ˈfænˌlaɪt/
a window over a door or another window, especially one having the form of a semicircle or of half an ellipse.
1835-45; fan1 + light1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fanlight
  • The main entrance door has large fanlight and sidelights.
  • Many of their buildings bear a distinctive detail--a truss of wheat fanlight surround.
  • The rear façade has a double entrance door with fanlight and sidelights.
  • Over the center door is a fanlight surmounted by a triangular pediment.
  • The door is topped by a fanlight and flanked by two panels of sidelights.
  • The door is surmounted by a half-round fanlight and is flanked by fluted pilasters and sidelights with delicate tracery-work.
  • The door may be flanked by sidelights and surmounted by a fanlight.
  • The elliptical arch of the fanlight is toped by the same nested-keystone element of the window lintels.
  • The main doorway was, characteristically, the focal point of the main elevation with an elaborate fanlight surmounting it.
  • The central entry is set beneath a brick gable and fanlight.
British Dictionary definitions for fanlight


a semicircular window over a door or window, often having sash bars like the ribs of a fan
a small rectangular window over a door US name transom
another name for skylight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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