Fleur
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Fleur
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English

Noun

fleur (plural fleurs)

  1. A fleur-de-lys.

French

Etymology

From Old French flur, flour, flor, from Latin fl?rem, accusative of fl?s ("flower; the finest part of something"), from Proto-Italic *fl?s, from Proto-Indo-European *b?leh?- ("flower, blossom"), from *b?el- ("to bloom").

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /floe?/
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  • Rhymes: -oe?

Noun

An example of epibolium flowers (fleurs d'épilobes)

fleur f (plural fleurs)

  1. (botany) Flower; bloom; blossom; collectively, the reproductive organs and the envelope which surrounds them in angiosperms (also called "flowering plants").
    Je suis allé cueillir une fleur dans les champs.
    I went to pick a flower in the fields.
    Il m'a offert de magnifiques fleurs.
    He offered me magnificent flowers.
  2. (by metonymy) Flowering plant; angiosperm; the plant with flowers itself.
    Les orchidées sont des fleurs recherchées.
    Orchids are sought-after flowers.
  3. (figuratively) A kind favor given by one person to another.
    Il m'a fait une fleur.
    He gave me a kind favor.
  4. (figuratively) The best of something.
    Voici la fine fleur de la jeunesse française.
    Here's the cream of the crop of French youth.
    Mourir à la fleur de l'âge.
    to die in the prime of life
  5. (by metaphor) The virginity of a woman.
    • Jean de la Fontaine, Fables
      Il est bon de garder sa fleur ; mais pour l'avoir perdue il ne se faut pas pendre.
      It is good to guard one's blossom, but for having lost it one should not hang oneself.
  6. (archaic, chemistry) Substances with a state of purity or extreme separation, produced by sublimation.
    Fleurs de soufre, de zinc, d'arsenic, d'antimoine.
    refinements of sulfur, zinc, arsenic, antimony

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Middle English

Etymology

Borrowing from late Old French fleur.

Noun

fleur (plural fleurs)

  1. flower

Walloon

Etymology

From Old French flor, flur, from Latin fl?s, fl?rem, from Proto-Indo-European *b?leh?- ("flower, blossom").

Noun

fleur f (plural fleurs)

  1. (botany) flower

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