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n. pl. flam·beaux (-bōz′) or flam·beaus
1. A lighted torch.
2. A large ornamental candlestick.

[French, from Old French, from flambe, flame; see flame.]
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n, pl -beaux (-bəʊ; -bəʊz) or -beaus
1. a burning torch, as used in night processions
2. (Furniture) a large ornamental candlestick
[C17: from Old French: torch, literally: a little flame, from flambe flame]
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(ˈflæm boʊ)

n., pl. -beaux (-bōz), -beaus.
1. a flaming torch.
2. a large ornamental candlestick.
[1625–35; < French: torch]
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Noun1.flambeau - a flaming torch (such as are used in processions at night)
torch - a light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance
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I took from their sconces two flambeaux, and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults.
We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame.
I again paused, and holding the flambeaux over the mason-work, threw a few feeble rays upon the figure within.
The city carpenters had erected scaffolds upon which the invited ladies were to be placed; the city grocer had ornamented the chambers with two hundred FLAMBEAUX if white wax, a piece of luxury unheard of at that period; and twenty violins were ordered, and the price for them fixed at double the usual rate, upon condition, said the report, that they should be played all night.
The cortege advanced slowly, lighted by a thousand flambeaux, in the streets and from the windows.
The young prince exhibited, when bowing to some windows from which issued the most animated acclamations, a noble and handsome countenance, illumined by the flambeaux of his pages.
Athos went towards the house; but he had hardly reached the parterre, when the entrance gate appeared in a blaze; all the flambeaux stopped and appeared to enflame the road.
The wild glare of these enormous flambeaux, lighting up with a startling brilliancy the innermost recesses of the vale, and seen moving rapidly along beneath the canopy of leaves, the savage shout of the excited messengers sounding the news of their approach, which was answered on all sides, and the strange appearance of their naked bodies, seen against the gloomy background, produced altogether an effect upon my mind that I shall long remember.
The whooping and shouts of their pursuers were still filling the air; and, looking from the sitting-room windows, Cassy and Emmeline could see the troop, with their flambeaux, just dispersing themselves along the edge of the swamp.
L'ecole des fils de Martyrs de l'Independance a reussi a relever ce defi, en rallumant les merveilleux flambeaux des annees lycees.
Ils participeront egalement, samedi soir, a la retraite aux flambeaux qui sillonnera les principales arteres de Bordj Bou-Arreridj, selon les organisateurs.