Definition of fleuron in English:

fleuron

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Pronunciation: /ˈflʊərɒn
 
, ˈfləː-/

noun

  • 1A flower-shaped ornament or motif, used especially on buildings, coins, and books.
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    • 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.
  • 2A small piece of puff pastry used for garnishing.
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    • 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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