from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ensign; a banner.
  • noun One of the tails of the forked pennon. See pennon.
  • noun Eccles.:
  • noun The cloth in which the deacon in the ancient or early medieval church received the oblations; the cloth with which the subdeacon or acolyte held the holy vessels; the offertorium, sindon, or offertory-veil. See patener.
  • noun The cloth or offertorium in which a lay person brought bread for the offertory.
  • noun A napkin or cloth held in the deacon's hand or hung over his arm; a napkin or handkerchief used by the priest or celebrant at mass; a mappula or maniple. Fanon is a frequent name for maniple from the ninth to the sixteenth century.
  • noun A cloth or veil formerly worn on the neck and shoulders, or on the head also, by a celebrant at the eucharist; the amice in its older form. The Syro-Jacobites still use an ornament of this kind.
  • noun A similar veil or hood formerly worn in the Western Church by a prelate under his crown or miter; the head-dress or veil, formerly called orale, and still worn by the pope at solemn pontifical celebrations.
  • noun One of the lappets, pendants, or infulæ of a miter. They are apparently derived from or formed a part of the veil or hood once worn by prelates.
  • noun A church banner or vexillum. Also fannel.
  • noun In surgery, a splint formerly used in fractures of the thigh and leg, consisting of a cylinder of straw, usually laid round a stick bound by cord or ribbon. Under it, next to the limb, was placed the false fanon, a compress of linen in many folds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A peculiar striped scarf worn by the pope at mass, and by eastern bishops.
  • noun A maniple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun informal 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.
  • noun A vestment reserved only for the Pope for use during a pontifical Mass.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A maniple.


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Blend of fan and canon



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  • fanon – the opposite of canon in fanfiction

    July 14, 2008

  • I'd call it a portmanteau of fan and canon.

    July 14, 2008

  • According to this item on gonfalon, it's also 'a shoulder cape worn by the Pope during solemn mass'.

    August 9, 2008

  • fanfiction

    similar to headcanon

    December 19, 2017