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Etymology 1[edit]

A papal fanon (seen from above, laying flat).


fanon (plural fanons)

  1. A vestment reserved only for the Pope for use during a pontifical Mass.
  2. Part of a bishop's mitre. They are the tabs extending down from the mitre, often with a cross near the end of each. See lappet.
  3. A maniple.
  4. (surgery) A fold of linen laid under a splint.

Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of fan +‎ canon


fanon (uncountable)

  1. (informal, fandom slang) Elements introduced by fans which are not in the official canon of a fictional world but are widely believed to be or treated as if canonical.
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Further reading[edit]


  • OED 2nd edition 1989



From Middle French fanon, fannon, from Old French fanon, fanum, borrowed from Frankish *fano (cloth), from Proto-Germanic *fanô. Cognate with English fane and vane.



fanon m (plural fanons)

  1. dewlap (pendulous skin under the neck of an ox, lizard, or other animal)
  2. wattle (wrinkled fold of skin hanging from the neck of a turkey or other bird)
  3. baleen plate; (in the plural) baleen (bony material that makes up the plates in the mouth of a baleen whale)
  4. feather, feathering (long hair on the lower legs of a horse)
  5. (heraldry) bracelet on the right arm
  6. fanon (vestment reserved for the Pope)
  7. (usually in the plural) fanon (part of a bishops mitre)
  8. (by extension, usually in the plural) tabs on a banner or pennant



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fanon f (plural fanons)

  1. (Jersey) fennel