[flag-staf, -stahf]

noun, plural flag·staves, flag·staffs.

Origin of flagstaff

First recorded in 1605–15; flag1 + staff1


[flag-staf, -stahf]


a city in central Arizona. About 6900 feet (2100 meters) high.
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Contemporary Examples of flagstaff

Historical Examples of flagstaff

  • 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

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