[ flan, flahn; for 1 also Spanish flahn; for 2 also French flahn ]
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noun,plural flans [flanz, flahnz; for 2 also French flahn]; /flænz, flɑnz; for 2 also French flɑ̃/; Spanish fla·nes [flah-nes] /ˈflɑ nɛs/ for 1.
  1. Spanish Cooking. a dessert of sweetened egg custard with a caramel topping.

  2. 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.

  1. a piece of metal shaped ready to form a coin, but not yet stamped by the die.

  2. the metal of which a coin is made, as distinct from its design.

Origin of flan

1840–50; <French; Old French flaon<Late Latin fladōn-, stem of fladō<Germanic; compare Old High German flado (German Fladen) flat cake

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How to use flan in a sentence

  • "You don't catch me that way," shouted flan., with a drunken grimace.

    Quodlibet | John P. Kennedy
  • flan, don't you call that the true theory of the balance of power?

    Quodlibet | John P. Kennedy
  • During this interval, the conspirators having learned, through their leader, flan.

    Quodlibet | John P. Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for flan


/ (flæn) /

  1. an open pastry or sponge tart filled with fruit or a savoury mixture

  2. a piece of metal ready to receive the die or stamp in the production of coins; shaped blank; planchet

Origin of flan

C19: from French, from Old French flaon, from Late Latin fladō flat cake, of Germanic origin

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