flag·​staff ˈflag-ˌstaf How to pronounce flagstaff (audio)
: a staff on which a flag is hoisted

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On a vehicle – Attach the flag to the antenna or clamp the flagstaff to the right fender. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 30 June 2022 When the American flag was raised from the monument to the top of a small flagstaff and the commemorative tablet exposed to view, something of the spirit of that intrepid explorer and soldier communicated itself to the spectators. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Dec. 2020 The San Diego Union Today is Flag Day and Old Glory may be seen waving proudly from America’s flagstaffs from sea to shining sea. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2019 On Saturday, his family, friends and former staffers are gathering around as an 80-foot liberty flagstaff in the museum courtyard is dedicated in his honor. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, 9 June 2017 The monument at the base of the flagstaff was designed by Thomas Hastings, whose firm designed the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. James Barron, New York Times, 24 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flagstaff was circa 1613

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“Flagstaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagstaff. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


flag·​staff -ˌstaf How to pronounce flagstaff (audio)

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Flag·​staff ˈflag-ˌstaf How to pronounce Flagstaff (audio)
city on the Coconino Plateau in north central Arizona population 65,870

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