[ flou-er-duh-loos ]

  1. the iris flower or plant.

Origin of flower-de-luce

1630–40; Anglicization of French fleur de lis

Words Nearby flower-de-luce

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How to use flower-de-luce in a sentence

  • These are certainly strong authorities for saying that the flower-de-luce is the Lily.

  • When the Iberian quaked, her worthies named; And the fair flower-de-luce grew pale, set by The red rose and the white?

  • I well remember her "gilding refined gold" by making a gorgeous blue rose out of the petals of a flower-de-luce.

    Child Life in Colonial Days | Alice Morse Earle
  • Jim's eyes traveled past her to the garden in the rear of the house, where yellow flower-de-luce was beginning to blow.

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  • Strawberry-leaves and the flower-de-luce are used in the coronets of the younger members of the royal family.

British Dictionary definitions for flower-de-luce


/ (ˈflaʊədəˈluːs) /

nounplural flowers-de-luce
  1. an archaic name for iris (def. 2), lily (def. 1)

Origin of flower-de-luce

C16: anglicized variant of French fleur de lis

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