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[flag-uh n] /ˈflæg ən/
a large bottle for wine, liquors, etc.
a container for holding liquids, as for use at table, especially one with a handle, a spout, and usually a cover.
Origin of flagon
1425-75; late Middle English, variant of flakon < Middle French fla(s)con < Late Latin flascōn- (stem of flascō) flask1 Unabridged
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  • Some of these, it will be noticed, have flat lids and one example has the dome-shaped lid of the flagon of earlier days.

  • He began by holding the flagon of Burgundy wine to his lips.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • She refused the cloak as she had refused the flagon and the cake, and replied, "A sack."

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • And Choulette pointed to two glasses and a flagon placed on a stove.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • When they arrived, he found a good fire in the chamber, and a table covered with cold meats, and a flagon of strong beer.

    The Old English Baron Clara Reeve
  • Nor must it be imagined, that while he thus exercised his teeth, he neglected the flagon.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. I (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • He laughed as the newcomers entered, thinking that two of his boon companions had returned to finish a flagon.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In the bottle, flagon, and flask, the neck is of different length and form.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • And here laid his hand upon every vessel (be it chalice or flagon) in which there was any wine to be consecrated.

    Coronation Anecdotes Giles Gossip
  • I dealt hotly with speculations over the ownership of the flagon.

    Thomas Hardy's Dorset Robert Thurston Hopkins
British Dictionary definitions for flagon


a large bottle of wine, cider, etc
a vessel having a handle, spout, and narrow neck
Word Origin
C15: from Old French flascon, from Late Latin flascō, probably of Germanic origin; see flask
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Word Origin and History for flagon

mid-15c., from Middle French flacon, Old French flascon, from Late Latin flasconem (nominative flasco) "bottle" (see flask).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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