: spire
especially : a slender spire above the intersection of the nave and transepts of a church

Word History


French, literally, arrow, from Old French fleche, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch vlieke arrow, Old English flēogan to fly

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flèche was in 1848

Dictionary Entries Near flèche

Cite this Entry

“Flèche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fl%C3%A8che. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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