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

Definition of flagstaff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a staff on which a flag is hoisted


geographical name
Flag·​staff | \ ˈflag-ˌstaf How to pronounce Flagstaff (audio) \

Definition of Flagstaff (Entry 2 of 2)

city on the Coconino Plateau in north central Arizona population 65,870

Examples of flagstaff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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circa 1613, in the meaning defined above

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“Flagstaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagstaff. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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flag·​staff | \ ˈflag-ˌstaf How to pronounce flagstaff (audio) \
plural flagstaffs

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