\ 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 Turns out Solis adds espresso powder to the flan, a neat trick that brings a touch of mystery to the eggy eating. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "The more Mexican, the merrier, with the arrival of Anafre," 26 Dec. 2019 That includes enchiladas Michoacanas, with a special red chili sauce based on the dish from the state in central Mexico, homemade tortillas and flan, essentially a baked custard. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: An ax-throwing spot, a new Midtown Carrs, another Raising Cane’s and more," 25 Oct. 2019 Our favorites: ragù Bolognese on tagliatelle and sformato, an Italian soufflé-ish flan of eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, asparagus and béchamel. Ken Van Vechten, Los Angeles Times, "Enjoy the outdoor lifestyle on a weekend trip to Bend, Ore.," 3 Oct. 2019 Decorate the flans with the remaining cinnamon sticks and pumpkin seeds. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Flan," 4 Sep. 2019 In lieu of flan for dessert, the murderous attendees murder an innocent victim at the table. Tim Stack, EW.com, "American Horror Story star Evan Peters picks his 5 favorite episodes of all time," 23 Oct. 2019 At its most basic, flan is a simple dessert of milk, eggs and sugar flavored with a splash of vanilla. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Flantastic! Updating flan with global flavors," 4 Sep. 2019 Bake the flan until just set in center, 50-60 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Flan," 4 Sep. 2019 Scooptopia’s halo-halo comes layered with jellies, purple yam ice cream and topped with flan. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Pizza, poke and steak: These 12 restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in August," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Flan.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flan. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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