Fleur-de-lis definition

flûrdə-lē, flo͝or-
The coat of arms of the former French royal family.
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An iris.
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(heraldry) An emblem resembling a lily or iris.
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The definition of a fleur-de-lis is a symbol of a stylized lily or iris used for decorative purposes.

An example of a fleur-de-lis is a symbol of a lily or iris used on a coat of arms representing the French monarchy.

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(heraldry) A device consisting of a stylized three-petaled iris flower, used as the armorial emblem of the kings of France.
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A similar design used as a decorative motif.
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(heraldry) A design representing a flower whose three petals are joined together at the bottom, often used in heraldry, where it is particularly associated with the French monarchy.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of fleur-de-lis - fleur-de-lys

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fleur-de-lis
Plural:
fleurs-de-lis

Origin of fleur-de-lis

  • Middle English flour de lice from Old French flor de lis flor flower de of lis lily

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French fleur de lys, "lily flower"

    From Wiktionary