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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Roguish fauns and naked nymphs peeked down at Billy from festooned cornices.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Faun \Faun\, n. [L. Faunus, fr. favere to be favorable. See Favor.] (Rom. Myth.) A god of fields and shipherds, diddering little from the satyr. The fauns are usually represented as half goat and half man.

Satyr or Faun, or Sylvan.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"rustic woodland spirit or demigod part human, part goat," late 14c., from Latin Faunus, the name of a god of the countryside, worshipped especially by farmers and shepherds, equivalent of Greek Pan. The faunalia were held in his honor. Formerly somewhat assimilated to satyrs, but they have diverged again lately.\n\nThe faun is now regarded rather as the type of unsophisticated & the satyr of unpurified man; the first is man still in intimate communion with Nature, the second is man still swayed by bestial passions.


\nThe plural is fauni. The word is of uncertain origin. De Vaan suggests Proto-Italic *fawe/ono-, from a PIE word meaning "favorable," with cognates in Old Irish buan "good, favorable; firm," Middle Wensh bun "maiden, sweetheart."

n. (context Roman mythology English) A woodland creature with pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry.


n. ancient Italian deity in human shape, with horns, pointed ears and a goat's tail; equivalent to Greek satyr


The faun (, , phaunos, ) is a mythological half human–half goat (from the head to the waist being human, but with the addition of goat horns) manifestation of forest and animal spirits that would help or hinder humans at whim. They are often associated with the satyrs of Greek mythology.

Faun (band)

Faun is a German band formed in 2002 who play pagan folk, darkwave and medieval music. The originality of their music style is that they fall back to "old" instruments, and the singing is always the center of attention. The vocals are performed in a variety of languages, including German, Latin, Greek, and Scandinavian languages. Their instruments include Celtic harp, Swedish nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, cittern, flutes and many others.

Faun (disambiguation)

A faun is a half-human, half-goat creature in Roman mythology.

Faun may also refer to:

  • Faun GmbH, a German engineering firm
  • Faun (band), a German pagan folk / medieval band
  • Faunis, a genus of Asian butterflies commonly referred to as the Fauns
  • Faun (film), a Hungarian silent film directed by Alexander Korda
  • The Faun, a sculpture
  • The Faun, ballet composed by Dora Bright
  • The Faun, play by Edward Knoblock
Faun (film)

Faun is a 1918 Hungarian silent drama film directed by Alexander Korda and starring Gábor Rajnay, Dezsõ Gyárfás and Artúr Somlay. It was based on a play by Eduard Knoblauch.

Usage examples of "faun".

He tossed the pie to the fauns, who scrambled for it, bleating and whimpering.

I shall be only statue of a Faun in her horrible house until the four thrones at Cair Paravel are filled and goodness knows when that will happen, or whether it will ever happen at all.

Faun Tumnus, is under arrest and awaiting his trial on a charge of High Treason against her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands, etc.

She pranced like a pixilated faun down the center hall, passing clean, furnitureless rooms on either side.

He was a singer of lyrics and pastorals, a lover of the material beauty about him, and it is because he passed by the pietistic, the classic, the literary, and showed the beauty of physical life as an art motive that he is called the Faun of the Renaissance.

The faun Scoggin had disabled lay on the ground with a dozen men on him, holding down his rangy body and stabbing.

The Fauns were slily peeping-- The Fauns, the prying Fauns-- The arch, the laughing Fauns-- The Fauns were slily peeping!

Fauns, accoupling with the Nymphs, formed light-footed bands that roamed the woods together.

He was not asleep, he was not awake, stupefied merely, lapsing back to the state of the faun, the satyr.

There were times when in one of his fanciful moods he could see himself as a young faun lurking in these thickets and peering out at those other human figures moving in the unmysterious sunlight.

FIRST FAUN: Canst thou imagine where those spirits live Which make such delicate music in the woods?

Idle folk, indeed, said that Kalos conversed with the spirits of the grove, and that his statues were but images of the fauns and dryads he met there for he patterned his work after no living model.

Musides ever granted his requests, though his eyes filled with visible tears at the thought that Kalos should care more for the fauns and the dryads than for him.

And at last, out of the shadow of the trees, racing up the hill for dear life, by thousands and by millions, came all kinds of creatures - Talking Beasts, Dwarfs, Satyrs, Fauns, Giants, Calormenes, men from Archenland, Monopods, and strange unearthly things from the remote islands of the unknown Western lands.

There were more trees than amenable fauns and nymphs, so that some trees that might have flourished magically became ordinary.