Fleuron

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fleuron A flower-shaped ornament, esp. one terminating an object or forming one of a series, as a knob of a cover to a dish, or a flower-shaped part in a necklace.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fleuron In ornamental art, a conventional flower or a small object, as one link or member of a bracelet, necklace, or the like, which has a somewhat floral shape.
    • n fleuron In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. OF. floron,. Cf. Floroon

Usage

In literature:

For head-gear he was as ill provided, seeing that he had pawned the fleurons of his crown.
"A Monk of Fife Being the chronicle written by Norman Leslie of Pitcullo, concerning marvellous deeds that befell in the realm of France, in the years of our redemption, MCCCCXXIX-XXXI. Now first done into English out of the French" by Andrew Lang
Stamped into the cover, in the shape of a fleuron, was a great host consecrated in a Black Mass.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Je n'ai pas manque de raconter cette circonstance comme un des fleurons de votre couronne.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
Fleurons are used for garnishing dishes.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
It shows, however, that the upper ornament was of fleurons set with jewels.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 7" by Various
Put some sauce Soubise on a platter, lay the sweetbreads on top, and garnish with fleurons.
"The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book" by Victor Hirtzler
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