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[flag-staf, -stahf] /ˈflægˌstæf, -ˌstɑf/
noun, plural flagstaves, flagstaffs.
Origin of flagstaff
First recorded in 1605-15; flag1 + staff1


[flag-staf, -stahf] /ˈflægˌstæf, -ˌstɑf/
a city in central Arizona. About 6900 feet (2100 meters) high. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He reached the step below the terrace on which the flagstaff stood.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • Then he sat down on the steps below the flagstaff and lit a pipe.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • He halted for a minute on the terrace where the flagstaff was.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • For erecting a flagstaff and forming a fence, the Staff is very useful.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • "A sailor found them by the flagstaff that—that night," sobbed Mrs. Cheyne.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • From the flagstaff of a hotel on the heights floated the American flag.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • Again and again the flagstaff fell, and again and again we replaced it.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
Word Origin and History for flagstaff

1610s, from flag (n.) + staff (n.). The settlement in Arizona, U.S., so called for a July 4, 1876, celebration in which a large flag was flown from a tall tree.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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