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[flat-ahy-ern] /ˈflætˌaɪ ərn/
a nonelectric iron with a flat bottom, heated for use in pressing clothes, cloth, etc.
Geology. (in the Western U.S.) a triangular hogback that resembles a flatiron resting on its base.
Origin of flatiron
First recorded in 1735-45; flat1 + iron Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was hunting for the flatiron and the hammer, and I was outside before he noticed me.

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • The Munsey offices are up close to the roof in the flatiron building.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • "I'd like to smooth this thing over, in some way," said a flatiron, earnestly.

    The Emerald City of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • There was a pause, broken only by the faint sound of the flatiron.

    The Pines of Lory

    John Ames Mitchell
  • He had to bust his head with a flatiron to make him let go of me.

    The Daredevil

    Maria Thompson Daviess
  • To demonstrate this, I cracked some between hammer and flatiron.

  • When you walk past the flatiron Building you bet it won't fall down and crush you.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • There was Eckhardt, who lived at five hundred and nine, and spent the day on the fourteenth floor of the flatiron Building.

    Aliens William McFee
  • The body should have what is known as a flatiron shape, that is, should be broad at the shoulders and taper toward the tail.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
British Dictionary definitions for flatiron


(formerly) an iron for pressing clothes that was heated by being placed on a stove, etc
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