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Fanon \Fan"on\, n. [F. fanon, LL. fano, fr. OHG. fano banner cloth, G. fahne banner. See Vane, and cf. Fanion, Gonfalon.] (Eccl.) A term applied to various articles, as:

  1. A peculiar striped scarf worn by the pope at mass, and by eastern bishops.

  2. A maniple. [Written also fannel, phanon, etc.]