\ 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 Inside my mom and aunts would be making the rice, black beans, yucca, platanitos and the flan. Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: Our best Nochebuena stories," 24 Dec. 2020 Dessert often includes champurrado, arroz con leche, and flan. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Nochebuena? Everything to Know About the Christmas Eve Celebration," 4 Dec. 2020 On Thanksgiving, Baez plans to take her some extra food and flan. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Alone in the kitchen: Portland restaurants adjust to a Thanksgiving like no other," 18 Nov. 2020 The mayo, however, possesses a gold-gray color and a flan-like texture that is, indeed, alternative to the rest of the mayos. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The best mayonnaises you can buy (a nostalgia-proof taste test)," 23 Oct. 2020 To serve: Run a thin knife around the edges of the molds to loosen the flan. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "First taste of fall arrives with lots of ways to pumpkin spice up your life in Louisville," 9 Sep. 2020 The menu also includes halo-halo, a Filipino dessert with three kinds of beans, gelatin, shaved ice, ice cream and flan. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Fried-chicken chain Jollibee, called ‘McDonald’s of the Philippines,’ opens this week in Plano," 19 Aug. 2020 Sous vide cooking works best for making custard-type desserts such as crème brûlée, flan and cheesecake. Mercedes Cardona, Good Housekeeping, "Cooking Experts Breakdown Everything You Need to Know About Sous Vide," 10 Aug. 2020 Two salads also are part of the deal, such as the strawberry spinach and smoked marble potato; and one dessert like tres leches cake, flan or olive oil cake. Linnea Covington, The Know, "18 places that will help you celebrate mom on Mother’s Day," 5 May 2020

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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 2021

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“Flan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flan. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flan

chiefly US : 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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