Meaning of “fleur-de-lis” in the English Dictionary

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fleur-de-lisnoun [ C ]

plural fleurs-de-lis uk /ˌflɜː.dəˈliːs/ us /ˌflɝː-/ also fleur-de-lys uk /ˌflɜː.dəˈliːs/ us /ˌflɝː.dəˈliːs/

a pattern representing a flower with three separate parts joined at the bottom, used in coats of arms

Examples from literature

  • It was a gold brooch in the shape of a fleur-de-lis. 
  • Some pieces marked with the fleur-de-lis, and probably remnants of this set, are to be found in French museums. 
  • The use of the fleur-de-lis is not of French origin. 
  • They open by a hinge, and are enamelled with the rose, fleur-de-lis, and harp. 
  • Why was the fleur-de-lis placed on the shield supplied to the statue? 

(Definition of “fleur-de-lis” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)