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noun, plural flam·beaux [flam-bohz] /ˈflæm boʊz/, flam·beaus.
  1. a flaming torch.
  2. a torch for use at night in illuminations, processions, etc.
  3. a large, decorated candlestick.
  4. 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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Historical Examples

  • As soon as we arrived, Lucien had the satisfaction of trying one of our flambeaux.

    Adventures of a Young Naturalist

    Lucien Biart

  • One of the last tents of the camp shone within as a star with flambeaux.

    Cinq Mars, Complete

    Alfred de Vigny

  • They saw a light: no doubt the flambeaux accompanying the vehicles.

    The Royal Life Guard

    Alexander Dumas (pere)

  • Mark the flambeaux guttering and sputtering into an odorous death.

    The Passionate Elopement

    Compton Mackenzie

  • On the altar, there are angels with flambeaux in their hands, of wooden carving.

British Dictionary definitions for flambeaux


noun plural -beaux (-bəʊ, -bəʊz) or -beaus
  1. a burning torch, as used in night processions
  2. a large ornamental candlestick

Word Origin

C17: from Old French: torch, literally: a little flame, from flambe flame
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Word Origin and History for flambeaux



also flambeaux, 1630s, from French flambeau, from flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).

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