- (dated, fandom slang) A female science fiction fan.
- 1944, John Bristol Speer, Fancyclopedia, Fannes, page 31:
- Fannes — Pronounced the same as "fans," but used in writing to mean fem fans.
- 1951 May 21, Winthrop Sargeant, “Through the Interstellar Looking Glass”, in Life, volume 30, number 21, ISSN 0024-3019, page 127:
- A little more than a week ago two fen and one fanne left for London as delegates to a big gathering formally billed as the Science Fiction Festival Convention but more intimately described as a fanference. […] Sad to relate, some of the European delegates were probably insurgents rather than true fen […] many of them would probably turn out to be real fen and fenne after all.
- 1959, Terry Carr & Ron Ellik (as Carl Brandon), “The Cyclone”, in The BNF of Iz:
- Dorothy lived in the middle of the great western plains, far away from any other fans. She was a very lonely little fanne, who could not afford to go to the annual World Conventions, and had been only to one Oklacon.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:fanne.
- “fanne” in Jeff Prucher, editor, Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2007, →ISBN, pages 57–58.
- fanne n. at the OED Science Fiction Citations Project