[ lag-uh n ]
/ ˈlæg ən /

noun Law.

anything sunk in the sea, but attached to a buoy or the like so that it may be recovered.
Also ligan.

Origin of lagan

1525–35; < Middle French (> Medieval Latin laganum); probably < Germanic; compare Old Norse lǫgn net laid in the sea Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for lagan

  • The department is subdivided into three offices—Lagan, Flotsam, and Jetsam—and in each there is an officer.

    The Man Who Laughs|Victor Hugo

British Dictionary definitions for lagan


ligan (ˈlaɪɡən)

/ (ˈlæɡən) /


goods or wreckage on the sea bed, sometimes attached to a buoy to permit recoveryCompare flotsam, jetsam

Word Origin for lagan

C16: from Old French lagan, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse lögn dragnet
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