Definition of steeple
: a tall structure usually having a small spire at the top and surmounting a church tower; broadly : a whole church tower
steepledplay \-pəld\ adjective
Recent Examples of steeple from the Web
The Ohio City marketplace is marked by an iconic steeple visible from West 25th Street and the Carnegie Avenue Bridge that extends over the Industrial Valley.
Some 20,000 observation stations were activated nationwide, most operating out of existing structures, such as office building rooftops, church steeples and, in the openness of the countryside, even cornfields.
After its dedication in 1928, watermen began using the church's steeple as a landmark when locating oyster bars on the Patuxent River.
The experts at LetsRun.com preview the USATF women's 800, 1,500 and steeple.
Lemont's skyline is marked by church steeples rising above the tree line, creating a beautiful vista for visitors approaching on Lemont Road from the north.
Did the photographer sacrifice the church’s steeple and dip the camera to record the cars in the intersection of Olive Way and Terry Avenue?
The icing on the cake for the outside changes, Nalty said, will be a brand new exterior lighting system that for the first time will illuminate the steeple at night.
The steeple of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church still stands out on the horizon.
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Origin and Etymology of steeple
Middle English stepel, from Old English stēpel tower; akin to Old English stēap steep
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
STEEPLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of steeple for English Language Learners
: a tall, pointed tower on a church
STEEPLE Defined for Kids
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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