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fleuron

Syllabification: fleu·ron
Pronunciation: /ˈflərˌän, ˈflo͝or-
 
/

Definition of fleuron in English:

noun

1A flower-shaped ornament, used especially on buildings, coins, books, and pastry.
Example sentences
  • At Ghent the bell is surrounded by recessed mouchettes and crowned by a fleuron that rises to the shallow enframing arch, all of which is set within the rectangular field above each window.
  • They tend to come in threes, though a single fleuron can be useful to indicate the beginning of a paragraph.
  • Eight crowns with alternating large and small fleurons are described.
1.1A small pastry puff used for garnishing.
Example sentences
  • He compares the rolls they ate to ‘those flaky pieces of baked dough that the French call fleurons.’
  • It's traditional to serve poached salmon with a fleuron

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French floron, from flour (see flower).

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