• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fanon (Eccl) A term applied to various articles,
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fanon An ensign; a banner.
    • n fanon One of the tails of the forked pennon. See pennon.
    • n fanon Eccles.:
    • n fanon The cloth in which the deacon in the ancient or early medieval church received the oblations; the cloth with which the subdeacon or acolyte held the holy vessels; the offertorium, sindon, or offertory-veil. See patener.
    • n fanon The cloth or offertorium in which a lay person brought bread for the offertory.
    • n fanon A napkin or cloth held in the deacon's hand or hung over his arm; a napkin or handkerchief used by the priest or celebrant at mass; a mappula or maniple. Fanon is a frequent name for maniple from the ninth to the sixteenth century.
    • n fanon A cloth or veil formerly worn on the neck and shoulders, or on the head also, by a celebrant at the eucharist; the amice in its older form. The Syro-Jacobites still use an ornament of this kind.
    • n fanon A similar veil or hood formerly worn in the Western Church by a prelate under his crown or miter; the head-dress or veil, formerly called orale, and still worn by the pope at solemn pontifical celebrations. This is an oblong piece of white silk gauze, ornamented with gold, blue, and red stripes. It is first put upon the head like a hood, descending on the shoulders. After assumption of the chasuble, it is thrown back, and rests upon the upper part of that vestment.
    • n fanon One of the lappets, pendants, or infulæ of a miter. They are apparently derived from or formed a part of the veil or hood once worn by prelates.
    • n fanon A church banner or vexillum. Also fannel.
    • n fanon In surgery, a splint formerly used in fractures of the thigh and leg, consisting of a cylinder of straw, usually laid round a stick bound by cord or ribbon. Under it, next to the limb, was placed the false fanon, a compress of linen in many folds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fanon fan′on a cloth for handling the holy vessels or the offertory bread: a maniple or napkin used by the celebrant at mass: an orale: a fannel: one of the lappets of a mitre:
    • n Fanon fan′on (surg.) a fold of linen laid under a splint.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fanon, LL. fano, fr. OHG. fano, banner cloth, G. fahne, banner. See Vane, and cf. Fanion Gonfalon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.


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