\ˈflan, ˈflän \

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

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Specialties: Mexican fare such as enchiladas, burritos, tacos, steaks, nachos, Mexican pizza, tamales, flautas, chimichangas, taco salad, seafood, tostadas and nine kinds of fajitas. Plus flan and fried ice cream for dessert. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "El Puerto's menu is full of owner specialties," 13 July 2018 The caramel sauce that covered the sturdy flan ($2.50) was taken too far, leaving it dark and bitter, for instance. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "El Patrón in Walker's Point is a new but familiar Mexican restaurant," 19 June 2018 The event will also feature chef Rick Boxeth of Santa Ana Sweets to create a vegan coconut flan. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Biz News: Pacific Symphony names new concertmaster," 4 May 2018 Meal includes choice of salad or taquito and flan or sorbet for dessert. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Savor Midtown offers dinner bargains in Broad Ripple," 12 June 2018 Sweets – tres leches cake, flan, churros and rice pudding – bring up the rear. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Dream Tacos TX," 7 June 2018 Here, too, is a block of leche flan like a sinking ship, under a flurry of pinipig, flattened grains of sticky rice. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Lahi, Filipino Dishes, Classic and Idiosyncratic Alike," 31 May 2018 There's table seating and music and churros, flan, bread pudding, empanadas, pastelitos, and a guava chicken barbecue sandwich that might raise the old timers' eyebrows. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain The return of the great Cafe Marianao to the north side," 3 June 2018 Menu highlights include spring pea and avocado soup with Dungeness crab flan and fines herbes and Basque baked eggs with short rib, morcilla, piquillos, potatoes and ossau-iraty. Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Where to take mom for Mother's Day brunch," 3 May 2018

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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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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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