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Definition of "quatrefoil" []

  • A representation of a flower with four petals or a leaf with four leaflets, especially in heraldry. (noun)
  • Architecture Tracery or an ornament with four foils or lobes. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "quatrefoil" in a sentence
  • "Above the quatrefoil is another representing the Redeemer seated on a cushioned throne with the Virgin, and below another representing St. Michael overcoming Satan."
  • "Within the quatrefoil was a seated Figure, with something like scales in one hand, apparently representing our Lord in His glory."
  • "The hubby was researching our church's stained glass windows and told me, "They have this thing that I finally found out is called a 'quatrefoil', but I can't really find out anything about the symbollism...""