- a tower rising above the main structure of a building, esp. of a church, usually capped with a spire
- a church tower with a spire; also, the spire
Origin of steepleMiddle English stepel ; from Old English ; from base of steap, lofty: see steep
- A tower rising above the roof of a building, especially as a church or temple, and usually surmounted by a spire.
- A spire.
Origin of steepleMiddle English stepel, from Old English st&emacron;pel.
stone steeple with spire
atop St. Peter's Church,
Nova Scotia, Canada
(third-person singular simple present steeples, present participle steepling, simple past and past participle steepled)
- To form something into the shape of a steeple.
- He steepled his fingers as he considered the question.
Middle English stepel from Old English stipel, stypel, stepel, akin to Old English steap.