One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural flambeaux, Plural flambeaushistorical
1A flaming torch, especially one made of several thick wicks dipped in wax.
lamp, light, flashlight, beaconView synonyms
- ‘There, he relates how ‘I took from their sconces two flambeaux [torches], and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults.’’
- ‘At night, parades feature flambeaux (burning torches) carried by figures in white robes.’
- 1.1 A large candlestick with several branches.
- ‘This piece stands in its original shape except for the replacement of the flambeau.’
- ‘We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame.’
- ‘‘You had never been more correct, my friend,’ Ked said as they half-ran to the landing, noticing the lighted flambeaux on their way.’
- ‘There were no streetlights on this side of town; only the occasional privately maintained flambeaux outside some gambling den or brothel broke the dark.’
- ‘The Betrayal of Christ (National Gallery, Dublin) is set in darkness tumultuous with the flicker of flambeaux on steel.’
Mid 17th century: from French, from flambe ‘a flame’.
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