flag·​pole | \ ˈflag-ˌpōl How to pronounce flagpole (audio) \

Definition of flagpole

: a pole on which to raise a flag

Examples of flagpole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In South Florida, hundreds of these stealth towers and antennas take the form of pine trees, flagpoles, light poles, traffic lights, stadium lights and clock towers. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "That pine tree isn’t what you think. More cellphone towers are built in disguise.," 9 Nov. 2019 Departmental Information: Main Street Police alerted the Olmsted Falls Service Department Oct. 24 after finding that a spotlight used to illuminate a Main Street flagpole had been damaged. Joseph Clark, cleveland, "Spotlight, street lamp damaged: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 1 Nov. 2019 On two separate occasions in the following days, the national flag was pulled off a harbour-side flagpole and thrown into the water. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s reputation is being damaged," 20 Aug. 2019 In 2015, activist Bree Newsome scaled the 30-foot flagpole outside the state capitol in Charleston, South Carolina, to remove the Confederate flag after a white gunman targeted black worshipers at a local church. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Ga. Couple Fires Contractor After He Shows Up to Work with Confederate Flag: It 'Was Absurd'," 3 July 2019 On a recent morning, a local imam ushered a visitor past a flagpole with a flapping red Chinese banner that officials insisted on installing earlier this year. Washington Post, "‘Boiling us like frogs’: China’s clampdown on Muslims creeps into the heartland, finds new targets," 20 Sep. 2019 The South Carolina Secessionist Party has raised a Confederate flag on a temporary flagpole the past three years to protest the date the rebel banner was permanently removed. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 An Orlando Sentinel photo from that year shows students raising a Confederate flag on the flagpole of the new campus. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Stonewall Jackson Middle should drop first name, school panel says," 15 Mar. 2018 The only people who get a view from the top are the window washers and workers who deal with the flagpole at least twice a year. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "You asked: What’s at the top of that weird spire in Baltimore’s skyline? We took a reader up to find out.," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of flagpole

1854, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2019

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“Flagpole.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagpole. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of flagpole

: a tall pole from which a flag hangs : a pole used to display a flag


flag·​pole | \ ˈflag-ˌpōl How to pronounce flagpole (audio) \

Kids Definition of flagpole

: a pole on which to raise a flag

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