- Spanish Cookery. a dessert of sweetened egg custard with a caramel topping.
- an open, tartlike pastry, the shell of which is baked in a bottomless band of metal (flan ring) on a baking sheet, removed from the ring and filled with custard, cream, fruit, etc.
- a piece of metal shaped ready to form a coin, but not yet stamped by the die.
- the metal of which a coin is made, as distinct from its design.
Origin of flan
Related Words for flanplate, platter, disc, shell, dish, circle, sabot, discus, quoit, flan, saucer, discoid
Examples from the Web for flan
Historical Examples of flan
Flan moulds are generally fluted, and about an inch and a half in height.The Gastronomic Regenerator:
Flan, don't you call that the true theory of the balance of power?
During this interval, the conspirators having learned, through their leader, Flan.
- an open pastry or sponge tart filled with fruit or a savoury mixture
- a piece of metal ready to receive the die or stamp in the production of coins; shaped blank; planchet
Word Origin for flan
"open tart," 1846, from French flan "custard tart, cheesecake," from Old French flaon (12c.), from Medieval Latin flado, probably a Germanic borrowing (cf. Frankish *flado, Old High German flado "offering cake," Middle High German vlade "a broad, thin cake," Dutch vla "baked custard"), from Proto-Germanic *flatho(n), akin to words for "flat" and probably from PIE root *plat- "to spread" (see place). Borrowed earlier as flawn (c.1300), from Old French.