AskDefine | Define lune

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IPA: /lu:n/

Etymology 1

From Latin lunamoon’.


lune (plural lunes)
  1. (obsolete) A fit of lunacy or madness; a period of frenzy; a crazy or unreasonable freak.
    These dangerous, unsafe lunes i' the king. Shakespeare

Etymology 2

French lune, from Latin luna.


  1. a concave figure formed by the intersection of the arcs of two circles on a plane, or on a sphere the intersection between two great semicircles
    • 1984: What he worried about was any eventual convexity, a shrinking, it might be, of the planet itself to some palpable curvature of whatever he would be standing on, so that he would be left sticking out like a projected radius, unsheltered and reeling across the empty lunes of his tiny sphere. — Thomas Pynchon, Slow Learner
  2. anything crescent-shaped

Usage notes

The corresponding convex shape is sometimes called a lune, but is, strictly, a lens.

Related terms

See also



Latin luna.


IPA: /lyn/


lune f
  1. the moon.



  1. Plural of luna

Extensive Definition

Lune or Luna is a poetic name for Earth's Moon. Lune is French for Moon. Luna is Italian for Moon.
It may also refer to:
lune in Dutch: Lune
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