Definition of fleur-de-lis in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌfləːdəˈliː
(also fleur-de-lys)

noun (plural fleurs-de-lis pronounced same)

1 Art & Heraldry A stylized lily composed of three petals bound together near their bases. It is especially known from the former royal arms of France, in which it appears in gold on a blue field.
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  • The arms were blue, and scattered with the famous gold fleur-de-lys of France.
  • This remained the arms of English kings until 1340, when Edward III asserted his claim to the French throne and added the French arms of gold fleur-de-lys scattered on a blue background.
  • This is the stemma of the Medici, as established in 1465, with five red roundels - here painted in manganese, since red was not available - and one blue one with three gold fleurs-de-lis.
2A European iris.
  • Genus Iris, family Iridaceae, in particular I. × germanica ‘Florentina’ (with bluish-white flowers) or I. pseudacorus (the yellow flag)
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  • The provincial motto is Je me souviens (I remember), and the flower is the fleur-de-lis.
  • I withdraw into my own space, wiggling my toes and poking the soft fleur-de-lis at the end of my tail.


Middle English: from Old French flour de lys 'flower of the lily'.

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