Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a background with a pattern of flowers and plants.

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  • noun A background of many small flowers and plants, popular in tapestry of the Middle Ages in Europe.

Etymologies

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[From French (de) mille fleurs, (de) mille-fleurs, (of) a thousand flowers : mille, thousand (from Old French milie, thousands, from Latin mīlia, pl. of mīlle, thousand; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots) + fleurs, pl. of fleur, flower; see enfleurage.]

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French, meaning "thousand flowers".

Examples

  • The ensemble is accessorized with my usual Fossil watch (gift), as well as red and white striped knee socks (Target) and a lovely red and black millefleur necklace, made for Valentine's Day last year by LilySea Designs (see all the pretties she made?)

    Outfit, 01/31/08 (What if No One's Watching?)

  • The ensemble is accessorized with my usual Fossil watch (gift), as well as red and white striped knee socks (Target) and a lovely red and black millefleur necklace, made for Valentine's Day last year by LilySea Designs (see all the pretties she made?)

    What if No One's Watching?: January 2008 Archives

  • 'How wearisome now appears that thorough-bred millefleur beauty, the distilled result of ages of European culture!

    Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli

  • The experiment here hinted at, may be varied with any flowers that there are to spare; indeed, by having the macerating bath larger than was mentioned above, an excellent _millefleur_ pomade and essence might be produced from every conservatory in the kingdom, and thus we may receive another enjoyment from the cultivation of flowers beyond their beauty of form and color.

    The Art of Perfumery And Methods of Obtaining the Odors of Plants

  • There are trees of millefleur roses; heliotrope and honeysuckle cover every pillar, and yellow jasmine trails over everything ....

    Life in Mexico, During a Residence of Two Years in That Country

  • There are trees of millefleur roses; heliotrope and honeysuckle cover every pillar, and yellow jasmine trails over everything ....

    Life in Mexico

  • 'How wearisome now appears that thorough-bred _millefleur_ beauty, the distilled result of ages of European culture!

    Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Volume I

  • When we went inside, only one thing caught our eye, the caramel millefleur (probably spelled wrong … my bad).

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