- an ornamental construction, usually ending in a spire, erected on a roof or tower of a church, public building, etc.
- a tower terminating in such a construction.
- (loosely) a spire.
- to provide with or form into a steeple or steeplelike configuration.
Origin of steeple
Examples from the Web for steeple
Note to Wall Street tourists: If you need to pee, look for the steeple.Ringing in the New Year on Wall Street
January 5, 2010
But the steeple stands foremost, in our thoughts, as well as locally.Sunday at Home (From "Twice Told Tales")
House of God, a building with a steeple and a mortgage on it.The Devil's Dictionary
But then it came in my head, 'How if the steeple itself should fall?'The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Toward the building with half a steeple Mr. Bangs started forthwith.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Come, take that parson's steeple hat and his cloak, and let us be going.The Tavern Knight
- a tall ornamental tower that forms the superstructure of a church, temple, etc
- such a tower with the spire above it
- any spire or pointed structure
Word Origin and History for steeple
Old English stepel (Mercian), stiepel (West Saxon) "high tower" (related to steap "high, lofty"), from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (see steep (adj.)).