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Borrowed from Latin fānum (shrine). Doublet of fane.


fanum (plural fana)

  1. (historical) The site of an Ancient Roman temple or shrine.

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fanum m (plural fanums)

  1. fanum

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From Proto-Italic *faznom, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰh₁s-nó-m, from *dʰéh₁s (god; sacred place). See feriae. Compare also Etruscan 𐌚𐌀𐌍𐌖 (fanu), 𐌘𐌀𐌍𐌖 (φanu), 𐌇𐌀𐌍𐌖 (hanu, templet, sacrarium, funerary chapel).



fānum n (genitive fānī); second declension

  1. shrine, temple, sanctuary, place dedicated to a deity
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 4.755-756:
      ‘dā veniam culpae, nec, dum dēgrandinet, obsit
      agrestī fānō supposuisse pecūs.’
      ‘‘Give mercy to my fault; neither let it be held against me [that] while hail was pouring down I sheltered my flock in a rustic shrine.’’
      (Begging the mercy of Pales, Ovid humorously defies convention by including a realistic example from rural life.)
    Synonyms: templum, dēlūbrum, sacellum, āra


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative fānum fāna
Genitive fānī fānōrum
Dative fānō fānīs
Accusative fānum fāna
Ablative fānō fānīs
Vocative fānum fāna

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  • Italian: Fano
  • Portuguese: Fão


  • fanum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • fanum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fanum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • fanum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • fanum”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fanum”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[1], Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN