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  1. Also called flag. a flat stone slab used especially for paving.
  2. flagstones, a walk, terrace, etc., paved with flagstones.
  3. rock, as sandstone or shale, suitable for splitting into flagstones.
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Origin of flagstone

First recorded in 1720–30; flag4 + stone
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Related Words for flagstone

sidewalk, road, asphalt, concrete, flagstone, tar, surface, tile, brick, gravel, cobblestone, macadamize

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Historical Examples of flagstone

  • And now the powder was flush with the flagstone which Guillaume has just moved aside.

  • We marched over the flagstone walk and into the house and up the stairway.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

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

    The First One

    Herbert D. Kastle

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

    Cruel As The Grave

    Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth

  • All they had to do was to raise the flagstone and they could escape that very night.

British Dictionary definitions for flagstone



  1. a hard fine-textured rock, such as a sandstone or shale, that can be split up into slabs for paving
  2. a slab of such a rock
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Word Origin for flagstone

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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