Definition of fleuron in English:



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

    • ‘Eight crowns with alternating large and small fleurons are described.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A small piece of puff pastry used for garnishing.

    • ‘It's traditional to serve poached salmon with a fleuron’
    • ‘He compares the rolls they ate to ‘those flaky pieces of baked dough that the French call fleurons.’’


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