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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.
Origin of fanlight
1835-45; fan1 + light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had left his lights full on for the benefit of watchers, and the hall-lamp glowed convincingly through the fanlight.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • They came to her clearly through the ventilator above the fanlight.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • The fanlight in the old doorway shone down the brick walk and touched Nancy's hair.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • I will go to the top of the house and guard the fanlight leading to the roof.

    The Weight of the Crown Fred M. White
  • He pressed it again after an interval, and stepped back to look at the fanlight.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • Before retiring, Coristine looked at the fanlight over the door of No. 32; it was dark.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • Some one stirred within, and a ray of light in the fanlight grew bright as footsteps in the passage drew near.

    The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees
  • The lower hall was also dark; but through a fanlight he caught the gleam of a street lamp.

    Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent John T. McIntyre
  • The doorway was a huge arch, with a sheet of ice set in at the top like a fanlight over an old-fashioned front door.

  • In less than half a minute a volume of rich smoke ascended to the ceiling and began to pour through the fanlight.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
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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