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1. Architecture
a. A small, circular or crescent-shaped opening in a vaulted roof.
b. A crescent-shaped or semicircular space, usually over a door or window, that may contain another window, a sculpture, or a mural.
2. A fortification that has two projecting faces and two parallel flanks.
3. A broad, low-lying, typically crescent-shaped mound of sandy or loamy matter that is formed by the wind, especially along the windward side of a lake basin.

[French, from Old French lunete, moon-shaped object, diminutive of lune, moon, from Latin lūna; see lune.]


1. anything that is shaped like a crescent
2. (Architecture) an oval or circular opening to admit light in a dome
3. (Architecture) a semicircular panel containing a window, mural, or sculpture
4. (Automotive Engineering) a ring attached to a vehicle, into which a hook is inserted so that it can be towed
5. (Fortifications) a type of fortification like a detached bastion
6. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church Also called: lune a case fitted with a bracket to hold the consecrated host
[C16: from French: crescent, from lune moon, from Latin lūna]



1. any of various objects or spaces of crescentlike or semicircular outline or section.
2. an area in a wall enframed by an arch or vault.
3. a painting, sculpture, or window filling such an area.
[1570–80; < French, diminutive of lune moon < Latin lūna; see -ette]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lunette - temporary fortification like a detached bastion
fortification, munition - defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
2.lunette - oval or circular opening; to allow light into a dome or vault
opening - a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
vault - an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof
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You who have built that lunette with its retiring angles and its salient angles?
Lucy, apparently absorbed in a lunette, could hear the lecture again interrupted, the anxious, aggressive voice of the old man, the curt, injured replies of his opponent.
Hence the mere chance of seeing Will occasionally was like a lunette opened in the wall of her prison, giving her a glimpse of the sunny air; and this pleasure began to nullify her original alarm at what her husband might think about the introduction of Will as her uncle's guest.
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Playas, lunettes, aeolian dust mantles (parna), and distinctive halophytic vegetation lay testimony to the earlier heritage of primary salinity in the region.
Nous autres Jordaniens, nous ne nous promenons jamais avec cet accessoire qui encombre nos mains, dE[umlaut]jEa occupE[umlaut]es Ea porter le portable et les lunettes de soleil.
Fred Lunettes and Gucci specs were on sale for around pounds 500.
A few well-chosen words and those councillors will be fairly queueing up to buy their lunettes de soleil (sunglasses)and other fashion accessories.
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Here we are faced with a set of lunettes depicting the Five Senses, copied from engravings by Cornelis Cort after Franz Floris.
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