Etymology
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steeple (n.)

Old English stepel (Mercian), stiepel (West Saxon) "high tower," related to steap "high, lofty," from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (see steep (adj.)). Also the name of a lofty style of women's head-dress from the 14th century. Steeple-house (1640s) was the old Quaker way of referring to "a church edifice," to avoid in that sense using church, which had with them a more restricted meaning.

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Definitions of steeple

steeple (n.)
a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top;
Synonyms: spire
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