Definitions for steepleˈsti pəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stee•pleˈsti pəl(n.)

  1. an ornamental construction, usu. ending in a spire, erected on a roof or tower of a church, public building, etc.

    Category: Architecture

  2. a tower terminating in such a construction.

    Category: Architecture

  3. a spire.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of steeple:

bef. 1000; OE stēpel tower. See steep1, -le


Princeton's WordNet

  1. steeple, spire(noun)

    a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top


  1. steeple(Noun)

    A tall tower, often on a church, normally topped with a spire.

  2. steeple(Noun)

    A spire.

  3. steeple(Verb)

    To form something into the shape of a steeple.

    He steepled his fingers as he considered the question.

  4. Origin: stepel from stipel, stypel, stepel, akin to Old English steap.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steeple(noun)

    a spire; also, the tower and spire taken together; the whole of a structure if the roof is of spire form. See Spire


  1. Steeple

    A steeple, in architecture, is a tall tower on a building, topped by a spire and often incorporating a belfry and other components. Steeples are very common on Christian churches and cathedrals and the use of the term generally connotes a religious structure. They may be stand-alone structures, or incorporated into the entrance or center of the building.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a high tower of a church etc, usually having a spire.

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