Definition of fleuron in English:

fleuron

noun

  • 1A flower-shaped ornament, used especially on buildings, coins, books, and pastry.

    ‘At Ghent the bell is surrounded by recessed mouchettes and crowned by a fleuron that rises to the shallow enframing arch, all of which is set within the rectangular field above each window.’
    • ‘They tend to come in threes, though a single fleuron can be useful to indicate the beginning of a paragraph.’
    • ‘Eight crowns with alternating large and small fleurons are described.’
    1. 1.1A small pastry puff used for garnishing.
      ‘He compares the rolls they ate to ‘those flaky pieces of baked dough that the French call fleurons.’’
      • ‘It's traditional to serve poached salmon with a fleuron’

Pronunciation

fleuron

/ˈflərän/ /ˈflərɑn/ /ˈflo͝orän/ /ˈflʊrɑn/

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French floron, from flour (see flower).