stee·​ple | \ ˈstē-pəl \

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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steepled \ ˈstē-​pəld \ adjective

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Port said of the rural city filled with church steeples. Logan Jenkins,, "French school named for North County D-Day veteran," 4 June 2018 Read more: The bell tower was built in 1873 and the steeple added in 1892. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit church's 145-year-old bell tower, spire to be saved," 16 May 2018 The Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church, in an 1887 sandstone building with a tall steeple on Malcolm X Boulevard, was constructed for the Reformed Low Dutch Church of Harlem, a congregation dating to 1660, the report said. C. J. Hughes, New York Times, "South Harlem: Historic Homes and a Questionable Nickname," 4 Apr. 2018 The new church is 94 feet by 48 feet, with a 29-foot steeple, seating for 136 and meets all Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, CEO Glen Trematore said last month. Michael Divittorio, The Seattle Times, "Oakmont’s first black church reopens after fire," 10 June 2018 The views from the windows near the top are unforgettable as the steeple is the tallest building in all of historic St. Petersburg. Greg Tepper, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to St. Petersburg," 5 Oct. 2016 From the glass walls on the second and third floor, the Holy Name steeple is a block away. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Modern addition gives this 90-year-old Birmingham home a dramatic flair," 29 June 2018 The skyline around the back of the preserve is of stately homes, church steeples and an inn. Peter Marteka,, "A Visit To Stonington's Seashore And Preserve Where Expansive Views And Connecticut History Are Showcased," 6 July 2018 Proceeds from the meal will be used to restore the 1838 steeple on Tolland Green church. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 5 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of steeple

: a tall, pointed tower on a church


stee·​ple | \ ˈstē-pəl \

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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