- a crescent-shaped figure or object
- a crescent-shaped opening in a vaulted roof to admit light
- a semicircular space, often containing a windowpane or a mural, above a door or window
- Mil. a projecting fieldwork consisting of two faces and two flanks
Origin of lunetteFr, diminutive of lune, the moon: see lune
- 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.
- A fortification that has two projecting faces and two parallel flanks.
- 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.
Origin of lunetteFrench, from Old French lunete, moon-shaped object, diminutive of lune, moon, from Latin l&umacron;na; see lune.
fresco by Girolamo Romanino (1484?–1560?) in a lunette in the loggia of the Magno Palazzo of the Castello del Buonconsiglio
- (architecture) A small opening in a vaulted roof of a circular or crescent shape. [from 17th c.]
- (architecture) A crescent-shaped recess or void in the space above a window or door. [from 18th c.]
- (fortifications) A field work consisting of two projecting faces forming a wedge each of which extends from one of two parallel flanks. [from 18th c.]
- (Christianity) A luna: a crescent-shaped receptacle, often glass, for holding the (consecrated) host (the bread of communion) upright when exposed in the monstrance. [from 19th c.]
- A type of flattened glass used in watch-making. [from 19th c.]
- The circular hole in the guillotine in which the victim's neck is placed. [from 19th c.]
- (geology) A type of crescent-shaped dune blown up along a lake basin, especially in dry areas of Australia. [from 20th c.]
- (in the plural) See lunettes.