fan Definition

  • 1a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular sport, art form, or famous person
  • 2a machine with blades that revolves to create a current of air
  • 3a flat device waved to create a current of air
  • 4a folding device made of pleated material, used for cooling or decoration

Using fan: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fan" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He's a big fan of basketball.

  • Example

    She's a fan of classical music.

  • Example

    The room was hot so she turned on the fan.

  • Example

    She fanned herself with a piece of paper.

fan Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using fan

  • to cause someone to become a fan or admirer of something


    After seeing the movie, he became a fan of the director's work.

  • to make a situation more intense or emotional


    Her comments only served to fan the flames of the argument.

  • to like or enjoy something very much


    I'm a big fan of sushi and could eat it every day.

Phrases with fan

  • fiction written by fans of a particular movie, TV show, book, etc., using the characters and settings from the original work


    She spends hours reading and writing fan fiction about her favorite TV show.

  • fan club

    a group of fans of a particular celebrity, team, or other entity who support and promote them


    I joined the fan club for my favorite band so I could get early access to concert tickets.

  • a type of fan that is mounted on the ceiling and circulates air in a room


    We installed a ceiling fan in our bedroom to keep cool during the summer.

Origins of fan

originally from Latin 'vannus', meaning 'winnowing basket'


Summary: fan in Brief

The term 'fan' [fan] refers to a person with a strong interest or admiration for a particular sport, art form, or famous person. It also denotes a machine or device used to create a current of air, such as a ceiling fan or handheld fan. Phrases like 'fan fiction' and 'fan club' are common in pop culture, while idioms like 'fan the flames' and 'big fan of' extend the term's usage.

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