[ flan, flahn; for 1 also Spanish flahn; for 2 also French flahn ]
/ flæn, flɑn; for 1 also Spanish flɑn; for 2 also French flɑ̃ /
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.
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
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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British Dictionary definitions for flan
/ (flæn) /
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
C19: from French, from Old French flaon, from Late Latin fladō flat cake, of Germanic origin
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