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[flam-boh] /ˈflæm boʊ/
noun, plural flambeaux
[flam-bohz] /ˈflæm boʊz/ (Show IPA),
a flaming torch.
a torch for use at night in illuminations, processions, etc.
a large, decorated candlestick.
an ornament having the form of a flaming torch.
Origin of flambeau
1625-35; < French: torch, derivative of Old French flambe flame Unabridged
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  • Something in the stolid way he did so caused flambeau's fierce black eyes to ramble over his companion afresh.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • "Or on the seat," said flambeau, and pointed to the little table.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • Stay, I will show you the exact colour, if you will come near this flambeau!'

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • "I know what you're driving at," said flambeau rather gloomily.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • flambeau was about to leap upon his enemy and secure him once more, when the priest patted him easily on the shoulder.

  • He is in command at the village of flambeau in the Vosges Mountains.

  • "Oh, very well," said flambeau, laughing; and the next instant his own towering figure was visible on that quaint elevation.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • flambeau raised a grave face, and fixed his dark eyes on his friend.

  • His name's flambeau, and though his youth was a bit stormy, he's a strictly honest man now, and his brains are worth money.

  • "It looks like hypnotism," said flambeau, biting his black moustache.

British Dictionary definitions for flambeau


noun (pl) -beaux (-bəʊ; -bəʊz), -beaus
a burning torch, as used in night processions
a large ornamental candlestick
Word Origin
C17: from Old French: torch, literally: a little flame, from flambeflame
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Word Origin and History for flambeau

also flambeaux, 1630s, from French flambeau, from flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).

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