- 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.
- to provide with or form into a steeple or steeplelike configuration.
Origin of steeple
Examples from the Web for steepling
Historical Examples of steepling
The natural site of Edinburgh is remarkable, consisting of three rocky ledges, steepling over deep ravines.Peter Parley's Own Story
Samuel G. Goodrich
- 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 stepel (Mercian), stiepel (West Saxon) "high tower" (related to steap "high, lofty"), from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (see steep (adj.)).