- 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.
Origin of fleur-de-lis
Examples from the Web for fleur-de-lys
There was a rather pettish intonation in Fleur-de-Lys's—laconic words.
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.English Heraldic Book-stamps
- heraldry a charge representing a lily with three distinct petals
- another name for iris (def. 2)
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.