steeple

noun
stee·​ple | \ ˈstē-pəl How to pronounce steeple (audio) \

Definition of steeple

: a tall structure usually having a small spire at the top and surmounting a church tower broadly : a whole church tower

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Other Words from steeple

steepled \ ˈstē-​pəld How to pronounce steepled (audio) \ adjective

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Hollywood and the Republican right have clashed for years over the morals of the silver screen and the piety of the steeple. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Georgia’s abortion ban forces political reckoning among TV and film workers," 24 June 2019 Trinity United Church of Christ, located at 3229 York Street in Manchester — the church whose steeple is on the Town of Manchester logo — will host Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 8. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Religion Briefs: Calvary’s new fall schedule, a back to school fair and rally days," 7 Sep. 2019 Lightning hit the steeple of the First Parish Meetinghouse on Middlesex Road around 2 p.m., Tyngsborough officials said. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Historic Tyngsborough meetinghouse struck by lightning," 22 Aug. 2019 The century-old icon with its 210-foot-high steeple needs millions of dollars in repairs and is too dangerous to occupy, according to the Archdiocese. Tacoma News Tribune, The Seattle Times, "Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a Tacoma landmark, to be demolished," 26 Aug. 2019 Allie Ostrander has a successful steeple debut in a Brooks uniform. oregonlive.com, "Shelby Houlihan, Jenny Simpson, Kate Grace -- today’s USATF 1,500 final should be great: Oregon track & field rundown," 27 July 2019 Hollywood and the Republican right have clashed for years over the morals of the silver screen and the piety of the steeple. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Georgia’s abortion ban forces political reckoning among TV and film workers," 24 June 2019 Hollywood and the Republican right have clashed for years over the morals of the silver screen and the piety of the steeple. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Georgia’s abortion ban forces political reckoning among TV and film workers," 24 June 2019 Hollywood and the Republican right have clashed for years over the morals of the silver screen and the piety of the steeple. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "Georgia’s abortion ban forces political reckoning among TV and film workers," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of steeple

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steeple

Middle English stepel, from Old English stēpel tower; akin to Old English stēap steep

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steeple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steeple

: a tall, pointed tower on a church

steeple

noun
stee·​ple | \ ˈstē-pəl How to pronounce steeple (audio) \

Kids Definition of steeple

1 : a tall pointed structure usually built on top of a church tower
2 : a church tower

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