flag·​pole ˈflag-ˌpōl How to pronounce flagpole (audio)
: a pole on which to raise a flag

Examples of flagpole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a related attack, someone hit another police officer in the head with a flagpole, severely cutting the officer’s ear, according to a police report. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 Upon arrival, officers found a male victim with a flagpole through his head. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2023 She was also accused of screaming vulgar and misogynistic threats about Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and was charged with pushing police, and at one point, using a flagpole to push one officer. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 14 July 2023 On Thursday, the website listed him as being incarcerated at the low-security federal prison in Forrest City. Stager, 44, used a flagpole, with an American flag attached, to beat a police officer who was face down on the Capitol steps. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 8 Sep. 2023 The locations are Little League Park, concession stand building (facing Field #1); Northgate Park pavilion; Veterans Memorial Park concession stand building (facing flagpole/playground); and Schwartz Road Park concession stand building (facing parking lot). Jshortavon, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 Currently, flights to and from the airport are suspended between dusk and dawn because of the flagpole, the complaint states. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 July 2023 Browne will lead kids from Charlestown youth organizations in making their own nautical flags to be rotated on a flagpole at the lot. Nicole Kagan, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2023 The flagpole stands in Erda, approximately 1,260 feet — about four football fields — from Tooele Valley Airport’s only runway. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flagpole was in 1854

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“Flagpole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagpole. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


flag·​pole ˈflag-ˌpōl How to pronounce flagpole (audio)
: a pole from which a flag flies

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