Definition of flambeau in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈflambəʊ

noun (plural flambeaus or flambeaux /-əʊz/)

  • 1A flaming torch, especially one made of several thick wicks dipped in wax.
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    • At night, parades feature flambeaux (burning torches) carried by figures in white robes.
    • There, he relates how ‘I took from their sconces two flambeaux [torches], and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults.’
  • 1.1A large candlestick with several branches.
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    • The Betrayal of Christ (National Gallery, Dublin) is set in darkness tumultuous with the flicker of flambeaux on steel.
    • There were no streetlights on this side of town; only the occasional privately maintained flambeaux outside some gambling den or brothel broke the dark.
    • We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame.


mid 17th century: from French, from flambe 'a flame'.

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