fleuron

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French floron (flower), spelling later changed to match modern French fleuron.[1]

Noun[edit]

fleuron (plural fleurons)

  1. An ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
    Coordinate term: finial
  2. (architecture) The small flower at the centre of each side of a Corinthian abacus; a flos.
  3. (typography) The typographic element (), used as a punctuation mark or for decoration.

References[edit]

  1. ^ fleuron” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French floron, fleur +‎ -on, architectural sense probably influenced by Italian fiorone.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fleuron m (plural fleurons)

  1. (crown) jewel
  2. (architecture) fleuron, finial
  3. (typography) fleuron
  4. (botany) floret
  5. (figuratively) jewel, emblem

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ fleuron” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).