Definition of fan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fæn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fæn//
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  1. 1  a person who admires somebody/something or enjoys watching or listening to somebody/something very much movie fans crowds of football fans a big fan of Rihanna fan mail (= letters from fans to the person they admire) see also fan mail
  2. 2  a machine with blades that go round to create a current of air to switch on the electric fan a fan heater see also extractor
  3. 3a thing that you hold in your hand and wave to create a current of cool air
  4. Word Originnoun senses 2 to 3 Old English fann (as a noun denoting a device for winnowing grain), fannian (verb), from Latin vannus ‘winnowing fan’. Compare with vane. noun sense 1 late 19th cent. (originally US): abbreviation of fanatic.Extra examples For armchair fans back home, it was one of the highlights of the Olympics. Hundreds of fans besieged the star’s hotel. Hundreds of fans clamoured/​clamored to catch a glimpse of the star. I have a piece of fan fiction on their website. I’m a big fan of Italian food. More than 40 000 fans turned up for the 12-hour event. Only diehard Tolkien fans will enjoy this book. Over 120 000 fans packed into the stadium. Over 25 000 fans applauded both teams off the field. Soccer fans converged on the capital for the cup final. Tennis fans flocked to Wimbledon. The actress is asking the court to protect her from an obsessive fan who is making her life a misery. The big band sound of Syd Lawrence and his Orchestra will delight fans. The goal was greeted by jubilation from the home fans. The show has an extensive and loyal fan base. The singer says her dad is her number one fan. There were clashes between opposing fans after the game. a fan blowing cold air a film that millions of rabid fans have waited years to see one of the team’s biggest fans Crowds of football fans filled the streets. He’s always been a big fan of Pavarotti. He’s a big Yankees fan. Movie fans will be familiar with his work already. She received bags of fan mail.Idioms
    when the shit hits the fan
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    when somebody in authority finds out about something bad or wrong that somebody has done When the shit hits the fan, I don't want to be here.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fan