fleur

See also: Fleur

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NounEdit

fleur (plural fleurs)

  1. A fleur-de-lys.

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin flōs, flōrem (flower; the finest part of something), from Proto-Italic *flōs, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (flower, blossom), from *bʰel- (to bloom).

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fleur

une fleur

  • IPA(key): /yn.fləːʁ/
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NounEdit

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 wise to guard one's blossom, but to have lost it one should not hang.
  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 sulfer, zinc, arsenic, antimony

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Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from late Old French fleur.

NounEdit

fleur (plural fleurs)

  1. flower

WalloonEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin flōs, flōris, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (flower, blossom).

NounEdit

fleur f

  1. (botany) flower
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