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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for flagstone

Contemporary Examples of flagstone

  • They built a redwood garden fence and installed a flagstone court and sidewalks.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Hoover’s Secret Files

    Ronald Kessler

    August 2, 2011

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




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 for flagstone

C15 flag (in the sense: sod, turf), from Old Norse flaga slab; compare Old English flæcg plaster, poultice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for flagstone

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper