[ fleysh; French flesh ]
/ fleɪʃ; French flɛʃ /

noun, plural flè·ches [fley-shiz; French flesh] /ˈfleɪ ʃɪz; French flɛʃ/.

Architecture. a steeple or spire, especially one in the Gothic style, emerging from the ridge of a roof.
Fortification. a fieldwork consisting of two faces forming a salient angle with an open gorge.
Fencing. a method of attack with saber or épée in which the attacker leaves from the rear foot and advances rapidly toward the opponent.

Nearby words

  1. flyweight,
  2. flywheel,
  3. flywhisk,
  4. flânerie,
  5. flâneur,
  6. flèches,
  7. flèches d'amour,
  8. fléchette,
  9. flémalle,
  10. flügelhorn

Origin of flèche

1700–10; < French: literally, arrow, probably < Germanic. Cf. fly1

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British Dictionary definitions for fleche


/ (fleɪʃ, flɛʃ) /


Also called: spirelet a slender spire, esp over the intersection of the nave and transept ridges of a church roof
a pointed part of a fortification directed towards the attackers
fencing a short running attack

Word Origin for flèche

C18: from French: spire (literally: arrow), probably of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German flieke long arrow

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