Definition of "fantail" [fan•tail]

  • Any of a breed of domestic pigeons having a rounded, fan-shaped tail. (noun)
  • Any of several birds of the genus Rhipidura of eastern Asia and Australia, having a long, fan-shaped tail. (noun)
  • Any of a breed of goldfish having a wide, fanlike double tail fin. (noun)
  • A fanlike tail or end. (noun)
  • Nautical The stern overhang of a ship. (noun)
  • A breed of domestic pigeon having a large tail that can be opened like a fan (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any Old World flycatcher of the genus Rhipidura, of Australia, New Zealand, and SE Asia, having a broad fan-shaped tail (noun)
  • A tail shaped like an outspread fan (noun)
  • A part or structure having a number of components radiating from a common centre (noun)
  • A burner that ejects fuel to produce a wide flat flame in a lamp or furnace (noun)
  • A flat jet of air and coal dust projected into the air stream of a pulverized-coal furnace (noun)
  • An auxiliary sail on the upper portion of a windmill that turns the mill to face the wind (noun)
  • A curved part of the deck projecting aft of the sternpost of a ship (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "fantail" in a sentence
  • "SEAL snipers, who were positioned on a deck at the stern of the Bainbridge, an area known as the fantail, had the three pirates in their sights."
  • "I have seen more people fishing off the "fantail" of their jetskis."
  • "Now that precisely coincides with the 'fantail' deer which some old-time hunters of my acquaintance say they have killed in the Black Hills country, though scientists say there never was any fantail deer."