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[flag-stohn] /ˈflægˌstoʊn/
Also called flag. a flat stone slab used especially for paving.
flagstones, a walk, terrace, etc., paved with flagstones.
rock, as sandstone or shale, suitable for splitting into flagstones.
Origin of flagstone
First recorded in 1720-30; flag4 + stone Unabridged
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  • All they had to do was to raise the flagstone and they could escape that very night.

  • The flagstone floor was strewn with fallen leaves that had drifted in.

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • It was quarried near Middletown, in 1778, and for sixty years did duty as a flagstone, fortunately with the face downwards.

    Animals of the Past Frederic A. Lucas
  • We marched over the flagstone walk and into the house and up the stairway.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • The proper way to fire it, is from a flat sheet of iron, or a flagstone.

  • I pushed in the door and stepped down into the flagstone kitchen.

  • He just got out and walked up the flagstone path and entered the house.

    The First One Herbert D. Kastle
  • He took him with him and left him in under a flagstone in the church.

  • Her eyes were downcast, and one little foot tapped the flagstone nervously.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
British Dictionary definitions for flagstone


a hard fine-textured rock, such as a sandstone or shale, that can be split up into slabs for paving
a slab of such a rock
Word Origin
C15 flag (in the sense: sod, turf), from Old Norse flaga slab; compare Old English flæcg plaster, poultice
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Word Origin and History for flagstone

1730, from flag (n.2) "flat, split stone" + stone (n.).

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