Fleur-de-lys



[flur-dl-ee, -ees, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈi, -ˈis, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/

noun, plural fleurs-de-lys
[flur-dl-eez, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈiz, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/ (Show IPA)
1.
(defs 1, 2).
[flur-dl-ee, -ees, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈi, -ˈis, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/
noun, plural fleurs-de-lis
[flur-dl-eez, floo r-; French flœr-duh-lees] /ˌflɜr dlˈiz, ˌflʊər-; French flœr dəˈlis/ (Show IPA)
1.
a heraldic device somewhat resembling three petals or floral segments of an iris tied by an encircling band.
2.
the heraldic bearing of the royal family of France.
3.
the iris flower or plant.
/ˌflɜːdəˈliː/
noun (pl) fleurs-de-lys, fleurs-de-lis (ˌflɜːdəˈliːz)
1.
(heraldry) a charge representing a lily with three distinct petals
2.
another name for iris (sense 2)
n.

also fleur de lis, mid-14c., from Old French, literally “flower of the lily,” especially borne as a heraldic device on the royal arms of France. Perhaps originally representing an iris, or the head of a scepter, or a weapon of some sort.

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