- 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 flambeaux
As soon as we arrived, Lucien had the satisfaction of trying one of our flambeaux.Adventures of a Young Naturalist
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
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Mark the flambeaux guttering and sputtering into an odorous death.The Passionate Elopement
On the altar, there are angels with flambeaux in their hands, of wooden carving.The Old Franciscan Missions Of California
George Wharton James
- 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 flambeaux
also flambeaux, 1630s, from French flambeau, from flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).
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