- a flaming torch.
- a torch for use at night in illuminations, processions, etc.
- a large, decorated candlestick.
- an ornament having the form of a flaming torch.
Origin of flambeau
1625–35; < French: torch, derivative of Old French flambe flame
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Examples from the Web for flambeau
Flambeau was peering into the house with a visage as white as a sheet.
"I know what you're driving at," said Flambeau rather gloomily.
"All right," said Flambeau, laughing, and finished his beer.
"Or on the seat," said Flambeau, and pointed to the little table.
Talking of tools, you've got that swordstick, Flambeau, you always carry?
- a burning torch, as used in night processions
- a large ornamental candlestick
C17: from Old French: torch, literally: a little flame, from flambe flame
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Word Origin and History for flambeau
also flambeaux, 1630s, from French flambeau, from flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).
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