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 steeple of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church still stands out on the horizon.
The stage beneath the blue-and-white church steeple in Maryland was not where Richard Collins III was to be celebrated this week.
Walsh puts his fingertips together to make a steeple, then laces them, palms up.
Theologically speaking, a steeple is a high-bandwidth link to God, a conduit between mere mortals and the Big Guy.
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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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