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noun (1)

fla·​geo·​let ˌfla-jə-ˈlet How to pronounce flageolet (audio) -ˈlā How to pronounce flageolet (audio)
: a small fipple flute resembling the treble recorder


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noun (2)

: a usually pale green immature kidney bean used especially in French cuisine

Word History


Noun (1)

French, from Old French flajolet, from flajol flute, from Vulgar Latin *flabeolum, from Latin flare to blow — more at blow

Noun (2)

French, diminutive of flageolle kidney bean, modification of Italian fagiolo, from Latin phaseolus — more at frijole

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1659, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flageolet was in 1659

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“Flageolet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flageolet. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a musical instrument resembling a flute but with a whistle mouthpiece

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