quatrefoil NOUN an ornamental design of four lobes or leaves, resembling a flower or clover leaf.
ORIGIN from Old French quatre 'four' + foil 'leaf' .

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  • quatrefoil — [kat′ər foil΄, ka′trəfoil΄] n. [ME quaterfoyle < MFr quatrefeuille < quatre (< L quattuor,FOUR) + feuille (< L folium, leaf: see FOIL2)] 1. a flower with four petals or a leaf with four leaflets 2. Archit. a circular design made up of …   English World dictionary

  • Quatrefoil — The word quatrefoil etymologically means four leaves , and applies to general four lobed shapes in various contexts.In heraldryIn heraldic terminology, a quatrefoil is a representation of a flower with four petals, or a leaf with four leaflets… …   Wikipedia

  • Quatrefoil —    A quatrefoil is an ornamental shape with four lobes, common to Gothic architectural or sculptural decoration. In the Renaissance, the quatrefoil design persisted in some regions until the 15th century. In Venice, the Doge s Palace (1340 1438)… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • Quatrefoil — Quatrefeuille Qua tre*feuille, Quatrefoil Qua tre*foil, n. [F. quatre feuilles.] Same as {Quarterfoil}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quatrefoil — noun Etymology: Middle English quaterfoil set of four leaves, from Anglo French quatre + Middle English foil (as in trefoil) Date: 15th century 1. a conventionalized representation of a flower with four petals or of a leaf with four leaflets 2. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quatrefoil — quatrefoiled, adj. /kat euhr foyl , ka treuh /, n. 1. a leaf composed of four leaflets. 2. Archit. a panellike ornament composed of four lobes, divided by cusps, radiating from a common center. [1375 1425; ME < MF quatre four + foil (as in… …   Universalium

  • quatrefoil — noun a) a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially overlapping circles of the same diameter. b) A stylized flower or leaf with four lobes …   Wiktionary

  • Quatrefoil — Her. A *charge in the form of four leaves attached to a central point, somewhat like a four leafed clover …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • quatrefoil —  In architecture, a four pointed tracery …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • quatrefoil — quat·re·foil || kætrÉ™fɔɪl n. leaf with four leaflets; leaf like ornament with four lobes (Architecture) …   English contemporary dictionary

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