flan

noun \ ˈflan , ˈflän \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of flan

1 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of flan

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


FLAN Defined for English Language Learners

flan

Definition of flan for English Language Learners

  • : 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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