Definition of Fleur-de-lis
1. Noun. Plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals.
Generic synonyms: Iridaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Iris
Specialized synonyms: Bearded Iris, Beardless Iris, Bulbous Iris, Dwarf Iris, Iris Cristata, Gladdon, Gladdon Iris, Iris Foetidissima, Roast Beef Plant, Stinking Gladwyn, Stinking Iris, Iris Persica, Persian Iris, Iris Pseudacorus, Yellow Flag, Yellow Iris, Yellow Water Flag, Dwarf Iris, Iris Verna, Vernal Iris, Blue Flag, Iris Versicolor, Iris Virginica, Southern Blue Flag, English Iris, Iris Xiphioides
2. Noun. (heraldry) charge consisting of a conventionalized representation of an iris.
Generic synonyms: Armorial Bearing, Bearing, Charge, Heraldic Bearing
Category relationships: Heraldry
Definition of Fleur-de-lis
1. Noun. (heraldiccharge) A design representing a flower whose three petals are joined together at the bottom, often used in heraldry, where it is particularly associated with the French monarchy. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Medical Definition of Fleur-de-lis
Origin: F, flower of the lily. Cf. Flower-de-luce, Lily.
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Literary usage of Fleur-de-lis
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1856)
"Another miniature, in the Book of Prayers, shows him on a throne surmounted by a sort of “ fleur-de-lis sans pied.” His crown is of “ fleurs comme de us ..."
2. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families in Great by John Woody Papworth (1874)
"Fleur-de-Lis Arg. a fess chequy az. and or betw. two ships with sails furled sa. in chief and a fleur-de-lis az. in base. HOLLAND, Edinburgh. ..."
3. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families in Great by John Woody Papworth (1874)
"3 Birds Per fess gu. and az. in base a fleur-de-lis or in chief three birds of ... Sa. a fleur-de-lis and a chief indented or. Henry of SANDWICH, Bishop of ..."
4. Publications by Hampshire Record Society, Winchester, Winchester Hampshire Record Society, American peace society, Algernon Sidney Crapsey, Ernest Howard Crosby, W. Evans Darby, John Hyde De Forest, Charles Edward Jefferson, Augustine Jones, Mrs. L. J. Mead, J. H. Ral (1891)
"Round white seal; a fleur-de-lis : "S' Hunf " [1234.] Release and quit-claim from ... Round green seal; a fleur-de-lis : " Sigill' Ricardi de ..."
5. The Gentleman's Magazine (1783)
"The fleur- de-lis at the top of the ciofs, together with the title of De Morfe, announce Mm of French extraction i and the antiquity of the church gives ..."
6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"It is uncertain whether the conventional fleur-de-lis was originally meant to ... In Roman and early Gothic architecture the fleur-de-lis is a frequent ..."
7. Side-lights on the Georgian Period by George Paston (1902)
"See also Fleur de Lis Novels. Ada Cambridge, Author of ' Path and Goal.' THE DEVASTATORS. Crown Bvo. 6s. See also Fleur de Lis Novels. ..."