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 The tallest flagpole in the U.S. is 400 at the Acuity Insurance company between Green Bay and Milwaukee. USA TODAY, "Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, ‘Santa Lady,’ disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states," 26 Dec. 2019 At that Aurora event, a contingent of protesters went beyond protesting outside the facility and replaced flags on flagpoles stationed outside the front door. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "ICE Protests Draw Thousands as Immigraiton Detention Facilities Face More Militant Direct Actions," 15 July 2019 The lone exception is the flag placed by Armstrong and Aldrin, who had struggled to plant the flagpole in the unexpectedly hard lunar soil. NBC News, "Apollo 11: Eleven things you never knew about NASA's landmark moon mission," 14 July 2019 Another group stormed the barriers near the building and pulled down an American flag off the flagpole in front of the facility and replaced it with a Mexican flag. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "WATCH: Protesters at ICE facility in Aurora pull down American flag and raise Mexican flag," 12 July 2019 LiliAnna then joined Tristen, Nathin and Cierra at the flagpole, where the kids were already hooking up the American flag. Ty Vinson, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana 4th graders do their best to honor the flag, struggle to understand impeachment," 24 Nov. 2019 On a flagpole over the driveway was a rainbow Pride flag that Braiden had put up, now slightly faded from the sun. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019 Walkers should meet at the flagpole at Ponderosa Park, 811 Henderson Ave. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Sunnyvale community briefs for the week of Sept. 6," 1 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of flagpole

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flagpole was in 1854

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7 Jan 2020

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“Flagpole.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagpole. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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