[ lag-uhn ]
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  1. anything sunk in the sea, but attached to a buoy or the like so that it may be recovered.

Origin of lagan

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French (from Medieval Latin laganum ); probably from Germanic; compare Old Norse lǫgn “net laid in the sea”
  • Also lig·an [lahy-guhn] /ˈlaɪ gən/ .

Words Nearby lagan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lagan in a sentence

  • 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) /

  1. goods or wreckage on the sea bed, sometimes attached to a buoy to permit recovery: Compare flotsam, jetsam

Origin of lagan

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

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