What does FAN mean?

Definitions for FANfæn, fɑn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word FAN.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fan(noun)

    a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces

  2. sports fan, fan, rooter(noun)

    an enthusiastic devotee of sports

  3. fan, buff, devotee, lover(verb)

    an ardent follower and admirer

  4. fan(verb)

    strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)

  5. fan(verb)

    make (an emotion) fiercer

    "fan hatred"

  6. fan(verb)

    agitate the air

  7. winnow, fan(verb)

    separate the chaff from by using air currents

    "She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field"


  1. Fan(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of Frances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fan(noun)

    an instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface

  2. Fan(noun)

    an instrument for cooling the person, made of feathers, paper, silk, etc., and often mounted on sticks all turning about the same pivot, so as when opened to radiate from the center and assume the figure of a section of a circle

  3. Fan(noun)

    any revolving vane or vanes used for producing currents of air, in winnowing grain, blowing a fire, ventilation, etc., or for checking rapid motion by the resistance of the air; a fan blower; a fan wheel

  4. Fan(noun)

    an instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away

  5. Fan(noun)

    something in the form of a fan when spread, as a peacock's tail, a window, etc

  6. Fan(noun)

    a small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind

  7. Fan(noun)

    that which produces effects analogous to those of a fan, as in exciting a flame, etc.; that which inflames, heightens, or strengthens; as, it served as a fan to the flame of his passion

  8. Fan(noun)

    a quintain; -- from its form

  9. Fan(noun)

    to move as with a fan

  10. Fan(noun)

    to cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan

  11. Fan(noun)

    to ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion

  12. Fan(noun)

    to winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat

  13. Fan(noun)

    to excite or stir up to activity, as a fan axcites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace

  14. Origin: [Cf. OF. vanner, L. vannere. See Fan, n., Van a winnowing machine.]


  1. Fan

    A fan, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person who is enthusiastically devoted to something, such as a band, a sports team or entertainer. Collectively, fans of a particular thing or person constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may show their enthusiasm by being members of a fan club, holding fan conventions, creating fanzines, writing fan mail, or by promoting the object of their interest and attention.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Fan

    a light hand implement used to cause a draught of cool air to play upon the face; there are two kinds, the folding and non-folding; the latter, sometimes large and fixed on a pole, were known to the ancients, the former were invented by the Japanese in the 7th century, and became popular in Italy and Spain in the 16th century; but Paris soon took a lead in their manufacture, carrying them to their highest pitch of artistic perfection in the reign of Louis XIV.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fan

    Without qualification, indicates a fan of science fiction, especially one who goes to cons and tends to hang out with other fans. Many hackers are fans, so this term has been imported from fannish slang; however, unlike much fannish slang it is recognized by most non-fannish hackers. Among SF fans the plural is correctly fen, but this usage is not automatic to hackers. “Laura reads the stuff occasionally but isn't really a fan.”

Editors Contribution

  1. fan

    Is a type of device and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles for creating a current of air by movement used for a variety of purposes according to the design.

    We have a small fan in our office for summer weather and a handheld one should we need to use it.

Suggested Resources

  1. FAN

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FAN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4724

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FAN' in Nouns Frequency: #952


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FAN in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FAN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donald Trump:

    Look, I'm not a big fan.

  2. Heather Wilson:

    I happen to be a fan of the A-10.

  3. Daniel Okrent:

    I decided I wanted to be a fan again.

  4. Mary Karr:

    What I bring to the party is, I'm a big fan.

  5. Ahmad Rashad:

    I have turned Michael Jordan into a Vikings fan.

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Translations for FAN

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • reeksAfrikaans
  • مشجعينArabic
  • fanat, azarkeşAzerbaijani
  • вентыля́тарBelarusian
  • вентила́тор, фен, отвявам, ветрило, запалянко, веяBulgarian
  • ventilador, ventar, palmito, vano, aficionat, ventall, fanCatalan, Valencian
  • vějíř, milovník, fanoušek, větrák, příznivecCzech
  • cefnogwrWelsh
  • ventilator, entusiast, spredes i vifteform, vifte, tilhænger, fanDanish
  • auffächern, belüften, fächern, ventilieren, Gebläse, Ventilator, Liebhaber, Fächer, Fan, Lüfter, anwehen, anfachenGerman
  • βεντάλια, οπαδός, αερίζω, ανεμιστήραςGreek
  • ventolilo, ventumilo, admirantoEsperanto
  • abanicar, abanico, aficionado, ventilador, hincha, ventilar, seguidor, fanSpanish
  • fänn, ventilaatorEstonian
  • فن, طرفدار, بادبزن, فن الکتریکی, هوادار, پنکهPersian
  • tuulettaa, puhallin, fani, taputtaa, puhaltaa, viuhka, diggari, levitä, tuuletin, kannattaja, pyrstö, kaari, ihailija, hajotaFinnish
  • disperser, admiratrice, éventail, fan, éventer, ventilateur, admirateurFrench
  • abanoGalician
  • מאוורר, חובבת, אוהד, מעריץ, מניפה, חובב, אוהדת, מעריצהHebrew
  • प्रHindi
  • legyező, ventilátor, rajongó, szurkolóHungarian
  • երկրպագու, օդափոխիչ, հովհարիչ, հովհարArmenian
  • irradiar se, flabello, devoto, propagar se, ventilator, fanatico, ventilar, flabellar, fanInterlingua
  • vifta, áhangandi, blævængur, aðdáandiIcelandic
  • ventilatore, ventaglio, tifosoItalian
  • 扇子, ファン, 扇, 扇風機Japanese
  • ვენტილატორი, გულშემატკივარი, მარაო, ფანი, დაბერვაGeorgian
  • បក់, ផ្លិត, កង្ហារ, អ្នកគាំទ្រKhmer
  • 선풍기, 부채, 팬Korean
  • باوه‌شێن, باوه‌شێن کردنKurdish
  • flabellum, ventiloLatin
  • ພັດລົມ, ວີLao
  • ventiliatorius, sirgalius, gerbėjas, vėduoklė, fanasLithuanian
  • fēns, ventilators, vēdeklisLatvian
  • tāwhiriMāori
  • ла́дало, лепеза, вентила́тор, лепе́заMacedonian
  • kipas, peminat, kipas elektrikMalay
  • ပန်ကာBurmese
  • waaier, fan, liefhebber, bewonderaarster, ventilator, bewonderaarDutch
  • tilhengjarNorwegian Nynorsk
  • vifte, tilhenger, fanNorwegian
  • wachlować, wentylator, fan, wachlarz, kibic, miłośnik, rozdmuchać, wiatrak, fanka, dmuchać, wentylowaćPolish
  • abano, leque, fã, abanar, abanico, ventoinha, flabelar, ventilador, flabelo, ventilarPortuguese
  • vântura, ventilatorRomanian
  • ве́ер, болельщик, фэн, обдувать, вентиля́тор, фанат, фан, овевать, любитель, поклонник, рассредотачиватьсяRussian
  • vetrilo, лепеза, навијач, вентилатор, љубитељ, ветрило, обожаватељ, lepeza, обожавалац, ventilatorSerbo-Croatian
  • ventilátorSlovak
  • ventilatorSlovene
  • fushaAlbanian
  • solfjäder, fan, sig, fläkt, beundrare, sprida, fläktaSwedish
  • shabikiSwahili
  • விசிறிTamil
  • สาวก, แฟนThai
  • abaniko, bentilador, pamaypay, tagahangaTagalog
  • vantilatör, taraftar, yelpaze, hayranTurkish
  • вентиля́торUkrainian
  • quạtVietnamese
  • keproanVolapük
  • פאָכערYiddish

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