Definition of flory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflôrē/
(also fleury /ˈflərē/ /ˈflo͝orē/)


[predicative or postpositive] Heraldry
1Decorated with fleurs-de-lis.
Example sentences
  • Plain ‘school’ radiators are popular, but some wonderfully fancy, over-the-top, decorative and even flory flourishes can also appear on old radiators.
  • A semé or semy of fleur de lis can be described as fleury, but that can cause confusion as fleury is also used to describe a decoration of the ends of a cross (cross fleury or croix fleury).
1.1(Of a cross) having the end of each limb splayed out into three pointed lobes.
Example sentences
  • The cross located on the roof is a mix between Celtic and fleury design, with the circle in the center representing eternity and the lily petals on the arms representing life.
  • Foliage like flames surrounds the base of a fleury cross.
  • This is a black fleury cross pewter charm.


flory counter-flory

Decorated with fleurs-de-lis set in alternating directions.
Example sentences
  • The crest has a red Scottish lion with a fleury counter fleury collar resembling the tressure in the arms of that country.
  • The double tressure, fleury-counter-fleury, is part of the royal arms and is apparently granted only as a mark of royal favor.


Late Middle English: from Old French floure, from flour 'flower'.

Words that rhyme with flory

cacciatore, Corey, dory, Florey, furore, glory, gory, hoary, hunky-dory, lory, Maury, monsignori, Montessori, multistorey, Pori, Rory, satori, saury, storey, story, Tory, vainglory

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Syllabification: flo·ry

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