an ornamental construction, usually ending in a spire, erected on a roof or tower of a church, public building, etc.
a tower terminating in such a construction.
(loosely) a spire.
verb (used with object), stee·pled, stee·pling.
to provide with or form into a steeple or steeplelike configuration.
Origin of steeple
before 1000; Middle English stepelRelated formsstee·pled, adjectivestee·ple·less, adjectivestee·ple·like, adjectiveun·stee·pled, adjectiveCan be confusedspire steeple
steeple, tower, Old English stēpel
tower. See steep1
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Examples from the Web for steepled
Historical Examples of steepled
Otherwise, Chair of Committees might have been steepled with my gore.
Alan steepled his fingers and tried to look serious and committed.
As we neared the provincial city we saw the steepled mass of the cathedral, long and high, rise far into the cloud-freckled blue.
High on the steepled mountains is a wreath of filmy white that trails low in the ravines.
Smathers steepled his fingers over his abdomen and rubbed his fingertips together.
British Dictionary definitions for steepled
Derived Formssteepled, adjective
a tall ornamental tower that forms the superstructure of a church, temple, etc
such a tower with the spire above it
any spire or pointed structure
Word Origin for steeple
Old English stēpel; see steep 1
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Word Origin and History for steepled
Old English stepel (Mercian), stiepel (West Saxon) "high tower" (related to steap "high, lofty"), from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (see steep (adj.)).
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