\ ˈflan How to pronounce flan (audio) , ˈflän How to pronounce flan (audio) \

Definition of flan

1a : an open pie containing any of various sweet or savory fillings
b : custard baked with a caramel glaze
2 : the metal disk of a coin, token, or medal as distinguished from the design and lettering stamped on it

Examples of flan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dessert is typically a coconut flan and arroz con leche -- rice with milk, sugar and cinnamon. Shivani Vora, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 Not quite Speculoos, but maybe flan, or Portuguese pastel de Nata, condensed with the gravity of a large planet. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Dec. 2021 Be sure to try one of the traditional Croatian desserts, including the Palačinke (Croatian style crepes); Rozata (caramel flan); Kremšnita (puff pastry with vanilla custard crème) and apple strudel. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Also at this Friendsgiving dinner will be their friend Zacarías González, who will probably make a carrot flan. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 It’s a cross between a flan and a cheesecake in texture, and is best made with small sugar or pie pumpkins. oregonlive, 18 Nov. 2021 Desserts are Magadalene, vanilla-caramel flan and apple pie. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 9 Nov. 2021 Duck legs in place of turkey, hazelnut flan instead of pumpkin pie, staying home instead of nightmare traveling. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 19 Oct. 2021 For dessert, Khin created a rose flan cake with saffron and cardamom ice cream, pistachio tuile and pistachio dust. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of flan

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for flan

French, from Old French flaon, from Late Latin fladon-, flado flat cake, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German flado flat cake

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10 Jan 2022

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“Flan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flan. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of flan

: a type of sweet dessert made of a smooth, thick custard covered with caramel
: an open pie containing any of various fillings


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