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- Rhymes: -ɛn
A false plural of fan
fen pl. (singular: fan)
- A plural form of fan used by enthusiasts of science fiction, fantasy, and anime, partly from whimsy and partly to distinguish themselves from fans of sport, etc. (by analogy with men as the plural of man).
- IPA: /ˈfɛn/
fen (Pinyin fèn, traditional and simplified 份)
- measure word (for copies of newspapers/etc.) share; portion
- A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, fēn, fén, fěn, or fèn.
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.
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