Definition of fleur-de-lis in English:
noun (plural fleurs-de-lis pronounced same or /-dlˈēz/)
1 Art & Heraldry A stylized lily composed of three petals bound together near their bases. It is especially known from the former royal arms of France, in which it appears in gold on a blue field.
- The arms were blue, and scattered with the famous gold fleur-de-lys of France.
- This remained the arms of English kings until 1340, when Edward III asserted his claim to the French throne and added the French arms of gold fleur-de-lys scattered on a blue background.
- This is the stemma of the Medici, as established in 1465, with five red roundels - here painted in manganese, since red was not available - and one blue one with three gold fleurs-de-lis.
2A European iris.
- Genus Iris, family Iridaceae, in particular I. × germanica ‘Florentina’ (with bluish-white flowers) or I. pseudacorus (the yellow flag)
- The provincial motto is Je me souviens (I remember), and the flower is the fleur-de-lis.
- I withdraw into my own space, wiggling my toes and poking the soft fleur-de-lis at the end of my tail.
Middle English: from Old French flour de lys 'flower of the lily'.
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