flag·​on ˈfla-gən How to pronounce flagon (audio)
: a large usually metal or pottery vessel (as for wine) with handle and spout and often a lid
: a large bulging short-necked bottle
: the contents of a flagon

Illustration of flagon

Illustration of flagon
  • flagon 1a

Examples of flagon in a Sentence

We drank a whole flagon of wine. brought a flagon of wine to the table
Recent Examples on the Web Their crop: wine, so fine the poet Dante sang its praises and medieval kings and popes guzzled it by the flagon. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 18 Nov. 2023 Under a vaulted ceiling, academics, museum workers, and the octopus-curious passed around a flagon of Kraken Rum. Pearse Anderson, WIRED, 2 Jan. 2023 Reiche interjected that the resulting settlement contract is the first contract he's ever signed that included specific language about bees and about how many jars of honey must be exchanged per month for flagons of mead. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 11 June 2019 The only props that are mimed are those murderous meat pies — everything else, from flagons of ale to gleaming razors to assorted bloody body parts are brandished merrily by the sweaty, sooty-faced cast. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 26 June 2018 For every bit of speechifying there is a voluble reaction: waved arms, hoisted flagons and shouts of boyish humor. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 6 June 2017

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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French flascon, flacon bottle, from Late Latin flascon-, flasco — more at flask

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of flagon was in the 15th century

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“Flagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagon. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


flag·​on ˈflag-ən How to pronounce flagon (audio)
: a container for liquids usually having a handle, spout, and lid

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