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[fawn] /fɔn/
noun, Classical Mythology
one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat.
Origin of faun
1325-75; Middle English (< Old French faune) < Latin faunus; cf. Faunus
Related forms
faunlike, adjective
Can be confused
faun, fawn. Unabridged
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  • The faun waved his pipes saucily at the Phoenix and gave a wry smile.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • I have been finishing the arm of the faun in that pavilion outside the town.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • You are enough to drive the laugh out of a faun, said the young lady soberly.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • The man addressed was handsome as a faun might be and as a tiger is.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • In the black depths the faun had found a soul, and was struggling with it towards the light of heaven.

    The Marble Faun, Volume II. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • His descriptive letters to Badollet read like the “Idylls of a faun.”

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • He skipped in advance like some degenerate twentieth century faun, playing on his pipes the unmitigated melodies of George Cohan.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for faun


(in Roman legend) a rural deity represented as a man with a goat's ears, horns, tail, and hind legs
Derived Forms
faunlike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: back formation from Faunes (plural), from Latin Faunus
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Word Origin and History for faun

late 14c., from Latin Faunus, a word of unknown origin. A god of the countryside, worshipped especially by farmers and shepherds, equivalent of Greek Pan. Formerly men with goat horns and tails, later with goat legs, which caused them to be assimilated to satyrs, but they have diverged again lately.

The faun is now regarded rather as the type of unsophisticated & the satyr of unpurified man; the first is man still in intimate communion with Nature, the second is man still swayed by bestial passions. [Fowler]
The plural is fauni.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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