a staff or pole on which a flag is or can be displayed.

Nearby words

  1. flagitiously,
  2. flagler,
  3. flagler, henry morrison,
  4. flagman,
  5. flagon,
  6. flagrance,
  7. flagrant,
  8. flagrante delicto,
  9. flagrantly,
  10. flags

Origin of flagpole

First recorded in 1880–85; flag1 + pole1

Also called flagstaff.

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British Dictionary definitions for flagpole


flagstaff (ˈflæɡˌstɑːf)

noun plural -poles, -staffs or -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)

a pole or staff on which a flag is hoisted and displayed
run something up the flagpole to pursue a tentative course of action in order to gauge the reaction it receives
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