fleur-de-lis

noun
\ ˌflər-də-ˈlē How to pronounce fleur-de-lis (audio) , ˌflu̇r- \
variants: or less commonly fleur-de-lys
plural fleurs-de-lis or fleur-de-lis also fleurs-de-lys or fleur-de-lys\ ˌflər-​də-​ˈlē(z) How to pronounce fleur-de-lis (audio) , ˌflu̇r-​ \

Definition of fleur-de-lis

2 : a conventionalized iris in artistic design and heraldry

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First Known Use of fleur-de-lis

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fleur-de-lis

Middle English flourdelis, from Anglo-French flur de lis, literally, lily flower

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“Fleur-de-lis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleur-de-lis. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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