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[flur-dl-ee, -ees, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees]
noun, plural fleurs-de-lys [flur-dl-eez, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈiz, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/.
  1. fleur-de-lis(defs 1, 2).
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[flur-dl-ee, -ees, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees]
noun, plural fleurs-de-lis [flur-dl-eez, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈiz, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/.
  1. a heraldic device somewhat resembling three petals or floral segments of an iris tied by an encircling band.
  2. the heraldic bearing of the royal family of France.
  3. the iris flower or plant.
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Also fleur-de-lys (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of fleur-de-lis

1300–50; < French; replacing Middle English flourdelis < Anglo-French flour de lis, literally, lily flower
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Historical Examples

  • There was a rather pettish intonation in Fleur-de-Lys's—laconic words.

    Notre-Dame de Paris

    Victor Hugo

  • As for Fleur-de-Lys's reproaches, they expired in tender cooings.

  • But as soon as his heart was vacant in that direction, Fleur-de-Lys returned to it.

  • Fleur-de-Lys pressed her hands to her eyes, that she might not see.

  • Mary also used the badges of the fleur-de-lys and the portcullis of the De Beauforts.

British Dictionary definitions for fleur-de-lys



noun plural fleurs-de-lys or fleurs-de-lis (ˌflɜːdəˈliːz)
  1. heraldry a charge representing a lily with three distinct petals
  2. another name for iris (def. 2)
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Word Origin

C19: from Old French flor de lis, literally: lily flower
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Word Origin and History for fleur-de-lys



also fleur de lis, mid-14c., from Old French, literally "flower of the lily," especially borne as a heraldic device on the royal arms of France. Perhaps originally representing an iris, or the head of a scepter, or a weapon of some sort.

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