Flem·​ing ˈfle-miŋ How to pronounce Fleming (audio)
: a member of the Germanic people inhabiting northern Belgium and a small section of northern France

Word History


Middle English, from Middle Dutch Vlaminc (akin to Middle Dutch Vlander Flanders)

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Fleming was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fleming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Fleming. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


Flem·​ing ˈflem-iŋ How to pronounce Fleming (audio)
: a member of a people living in northern Belgium

Biographical Definition

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biographical name (1)

Flem·​ing ˈfle-miŋ How to pronounce Fleming (audio)
Sir Alexander 1881–1955 British bacteriologist


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Ian Lancaster 1908–1964 British writer


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Sir John Ambrose 1849–1945 English electrical engineer


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Renée 1959–     American soprano

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