Definition of flambeau in English:
noun (plural flambeaus or flambeaux /-ˌbōz/)historical
1A flaming torch, especially one made of several thick wicks dipped in wax.
- 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.
- 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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