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See also fân, fān, fán, fǎn, fàn, Fan, and FAN

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Handheld fans.
An electrical fan.

Old English fann, from the [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] vannus (fan for winnowing grain).

Noun

Singular
fan

Plural
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fan ({{{1}}})
  1. A hand-held device consisting of concertinaed material, or slats of material, gathered together at one end, that may be opened out into the shape of a sector of a circle and waved back and forth in order to move air towards oneself and cool oneself.
  2. An electrical device for moving air, used for cooling people, machinery, etc.
  3. Anything resembling a hand-held fan in shape, e.g., a peacock’s tail.
Derived terms
Translations
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Verb

Infinitive
to fan

Third person singular
fan

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
n

to fan (third-person singular simple present fan, present participle n, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. (transitive) To blow air on (something) by means of a fan (hand-held, mechanical or electrical) or otherwise.
    We enjoyed standing at the edge of the cliff, being fanned by the wind.
  2. (intransitive) (usually to fan out) To move or spread in multiple directions from one point, in the shape of a hand-held fan.
Translations

Etymology 2

Football/soccer fans in Argentina.

Shortened from fanatic.

Noun

Singular
fan

Plural
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fan ({{{1}}})
  1. An admirer or aficionado, especially of a sport or performer; someone who is fond of something or someone; an admirer.
    I am a big fan of libraries.
Translations

Galician

Verb

fan

  1. third-person plural present indicative of facer.

Hungarian

Noun

fan

  1. (obsolete)

Usage notes

The word is obsolete and has no clear meaning. Today it is only used in the medical expression fanszőrzet, meaning pubic hair.

Derived terms


Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [fˠanˠ]

Verb

fan

  1. to wait
  2. to stay

Conjugation

Mutation

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
fan fhan bhfan
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

fan

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, fān, fán, fǎn, or fàn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Rohingya

Noun

fan

  1. betel leaf

Scottish Gaelic

Verb

fan, present participle fantail, fantainn

  1. To stay.
  2. To wait.
  3. To remain.

Spanish

Noun

fan m. and f. (plural fans)

  1. fan

Synonyms


Swedish

Etymology 1

Noun

fan

  1. the devil, Satan

Interjection

fan

  1. damn (referring to the devil)
    Fan! Jag glömde nycklarna.
    "Damn! I forgot my keys."

Etymology 2

Noun

fan

  1. fan (admirer)

See also


West Frisian

Preposition

fan

  1. of

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