steeple

noun 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

steepled

play \-pəld\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of steeple

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


STEEPLE Defined for English Language Learners

steeple

noun

Definition of steeple for English Language Learners

  • : a tall, pointed tower on a church


STEEPLE Defined for Kids

steeple

noun stee·ple \ ˈstē-pəl \

Definition of steeple for Students

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


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