fleu·​ry ˈflu̇r-ē How to pronounce fleury (audio)
of a heraldic cross
: having the ends of the arms broadening out into the heads of fleurs-de-lis see cross illustration

Word History


alteration of Middle English flory, from Anglo-French floré, flowered from flur, flor flower — more at flower

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fleury was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fleury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleury. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Biographical Definition

Fleury 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Fleu·​ry ˌflər-ˈē How to pronounce Fleury (audio)
André-Hercule de 1653–1743 French cardinal and statesman


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

Claude 1640–1723 French ecclesiastical historian

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