Definition of Fleur-de-lis

1. Noun. Plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals.

2. Noun. (heraldry) charge consisting of a conventionalized representation of an iris.
Exact synonyms: Fleur-de-lys
Generic synonyms: Armorial Bearing, Bearing, Charge, Heraldic Bearing
Category relationships: Heraldry

Definition of Fleur-de-lis

1. Noun. (heraldiccharge) A design representing a flower whose three petals are joined together at the bottom, often used in heraldry, where it is particularly associated with the French monarchy. ¹

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Medical Definition of Fleur-de-lis

1. Origin: F, flower of the lily. Cf. Flower-de-luce, Lily. 1. The iris. See Flower-de-luce. 2. A conventional flower suggested by the iris, and having a form which fits it for the terminal decoration of a scepter, the ornaments of a crown, etc. It is also a heraldic bearing, and is identified with the royal arms and adornments of France. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fleur-de-lis

fleshy mole
fleshy polyp
fleur-de-lis (current term)
fleur de sel
fleurs de sel
flew the coop
flew the nest

Literary usage of Fleur-de-lis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1856)
"Another miniature, in the Book of Prayers, shows him on a throne surmounted by a sort of “ fleur-de-lis sans pied.” His crown is of “ fleurs comme de us ..."

2. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families in Great by John Woody Papworth (1874)
"Fleur-de-Lis Arg. a fess chequy az. and or betw. two ships with sails furled sa. in chief and a fleur-de-lis az. in base. HOLLAND, Edinburgh. ..."

3. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families in Great by John Woody Papworth (1874)
"3 Birds Per fess gu. and az. in base a fleur-de-lis or in chief three birds of ... Sa. a fleur-de-lis and a chief indented or. Henry of SANDWICH, Bishop of ..."

4. Publications by Hampshire Record Society, Winchester, Winchester Hampshire Record Society, American peace society, Algernon Sidney Crapsey, Ernest Howard Crosby, W. Evans Darby, John Hyde De Forest, Charles Edward Jefferson, Augustine Jones, Mrs. L. J. Mead, J. H. Ral (1891)
"Round white seal; a fleur-de-lis : "S' Hunf " [1234.] Release and quit-claim from ... Round green seal; a fleur-de-lis : " Sigill' Ricardi de ..."

5. The Gentleman's Magazine (1783)
"The fleur- de-lis at the top of the ciofs, together with the title of De Morfe, announce Mm of French extraction i and the antiquity of the church gives ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"It is uncertain whether the conventional fleur-de-lis was originally meant to ... In Roman and early Gothic architecture the fleur-de-lis is a frequent ..."

7. Side-lights on the Georgian Period by George Paston (1902)
"See also Fleur de Lis Novels. Ada Cambridge, Author of ' Path and Goal.' THE DEVASTATORS. Crown Bvo. 6s. See also Fleur de Lis Novels. ..."

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