steeple

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A steeple.
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From Middle English stepel, from Old English stīpel, stȳpel, stīepel (tower, steeple), from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (that which is steep, tower, steeple), equivalent to steep +‎ -le. Cognate with Old Norse stöpull (tower, steeple).

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steeple (plural steeples)

  1. A tall tower, often on a church, normally topped with a spire.
  2. A spire.
  3. (historical) A high headdress of the 14th century.

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steeple (third-person singular simple present steeples, present participle steepling, simple past and past participle steepled)

  1. (transitive) To form something into the shape of a steeple.
    He steepled his fingers as he considered the question.

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