follow Dictionary.com

Gray vs. grey? What's the difference?

fleur-de-lis

[flur-dl-ee, -ees, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈi, -ˈis, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/
noun, plural fleurs-de-lis
[flur-dl-eez, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈiz, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/ (Show IPA)
1.
a heraldic device somewhat resembling three petals or floral segments of an iris tied by an encircling band.
2.
the heraldic bearing of the royal family of France.
3.
the iris flower or plant.
Origin of fleur-de-lis
1300-1350
1300-50; < French; replacing Middle English flourdelis < Anglo-French flour de lis, literally, lily flower
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for fleurs-de-lis

fleur-de-lis

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for fleur-de-lis

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fleurs

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with fleurs-de-lis

Nearby words for fleurs-de-lis