fleur-de-lys

[ flur-dl-ee, -ees, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees ]
/ ˌflɜr dlˈi, -ˈis, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis /

noun, plural fleurs-de-lys [flur-dl-eez, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈiz, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/.

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fleur-de-lis
[ flur-dl-ee, -ees, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees ]
/ ˌflɜr dlˈi, -ˈis, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis /

noun, plural fleurs-de-lis [flur-dl-eez, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈiz, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/.

a heraldic device somewhat resembling three petals or floral segments of an iris tied by an encircling band.
the heraldic bearing of the royal family of France.
the iris flower or plant.
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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British Dictionary definitions for fleur-de-lys

fleur-de-lys

fleur-de-lis

/ (ˌflɜːdəˈliː) /

noun plural fleurs-de-lys or fleurs-de-lis (ˌflɜːdəˈliːz)

heraldry a charge representing a lily with three distinct petals
another name for iris (def. 2)

Word Origin for fleur-de-lys

C19: from Old French flor de lis, literally: lily flower
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