[ flich ]
/ flɪtʃ /


the side of a hog (or, formerly, some other animal) salted and cured: a flitch of bacon.
a steak cut from a halibut.
  1. a piece, as a board, forming part of a flitch beam.
  2. a thin piece of wood, as a veneer.
  3. a bundle of veneers, arranged as cut from the log.
  4. a log about to be cut into veneers.
  5. cant2(def 8).

verb (used with object)

to cut into flitches.
Carpentry. to assemble (boards or the like) into a laminated construction.

Nearby words

  1. flirtatious,
  2. flirtatiously,
  3. flirty,
  4. flit,
  5. flit gun,
  6. flitch beam,
  7. flitchplate,
  8. flite,
  9. fliting,
  10. flitter

Origin of flitch

before 900; Middle English flicche, Old English flicca; cognate with Middle Low German vlicke, Old Norse flikki

Related formsun·flitched, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for flitch


/ (flɪtʃ) /


a side of pork salted and cured
a steak cut from the side of certain fishes, esp halibut
a piece of timber cut lengthways from a tree trunk, esp one that is larger than 4 by 12 inches


(tr) to cut (a tree trunk) into flitches

Word Origin for flitch

Old English flicce; related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke, Norwegian flika; see flesh

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Word Origin and History for flitch



"side of bacon," Middle English flicche (early 13c.), from Old English flicce, related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke "piece of flesh." Not immediately connected to flesh (n.), but perhaps from the same PIE root. A flitch was presented every year at Dunmow, in Essex, to any married couple who could prove they had lived together without quarreling for a year and a day, a custom mentioned as far back as mid-14c.

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