quatrefoil

noun
qua·​tre·​foil | \ ˈka-tər-ˌfȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce quatrefoil (audio) , ˈka-trə- \

Definition of quatrefoil

1 : a conventionalized representation of a flower with four petals or of a leaf with four leaflets
2 : a 4-lobed foliation in architecture

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Examples of quatrefoil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just in case, Van Cleef & Arpels began using the Alhambra talisman in 1968—a four-leaf clover motif inspired by the Moorish quatrefoil—and every year the jewelry maison releases a special holiday pendant. Michael Solomon, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Inside, it is decorated with a medallion at the bottom and a quatrefoil motif surrounded by flowers. Dave Collins, courant.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Inside, it is decorated with a medallion at the bottom and a quatrefoil motif surrounded by flowers. Dave Collins, courant.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Inside, it is decorated with a medallion at the bottom and a quatrefoil motif surrounded by flowers. Dave Collins, courant.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Inside, it is decorated with a medallion at the bottom and a quatrefoil motif surrounded by flowers. Dave Collins, courant.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Inside, it is decorated with a medallion at the bottom and a quatrefoil motif surrounded by flowers. Dave Collins, courant.com, 17 Mar. 2021 In the center of the bowl, which measures six inches in diameter, is a formalized quatrefoil motif encircled by a wreath of flowers and leaves. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2021 Inside, it is decorated with a medallion at the bottom and a quatrefoil motif surrounded by flowers. Dave Collins, courant.com, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of quatrefoil

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quatrefoil

Middle English quaterfoil set of four leaves, from Anglo-French quatre + Middle English -foil (as in trefoil)

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12 Dec 2021

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“Quatrefoil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quatrefoil. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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