flat·​top ˈflat-ˌtäp How to pronounce flattop (audio)
: something with a flat or flattened upper surface: such as
: a modified crew cut

Examples of flattop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jose Reyes, the man in charge of burgers during the busiest shifts, will cook your seasoned five-ounce patty on a gas grill, while crisping up your bun on a flattop. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2023 The city is currently home to three older, Nimitz-class flattops. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2023 Shrimp flecked with cilantro and garlic sizzle on a flattop. Priya Krishna, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 The Type 003, which likely displaces tens of thousands of tons more than Liaoning and Shandong do, is the first PLAN carrier with catapults—and thus the first Chinese flattop that can operate KJ-600s as well as fighters with full loads of fuel and weaponry. David Axe, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Cook the tortilla on a hot flattop. Diana Davila, Robb Report, 4 May 2021 To the southwest, the distinctive slanted flattop of Indian Mesa stands among stone sentinels at the remote upper finger coves of Lake Pleasant. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 11 Feb. 2022 Fried bologna sandwiches sizzled on the flattop, Pabst Blue Ribbon cans lined the bar, and twangy country music filled the narrow room. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2022 Every time an American flattop has sailed into the South China Sea in recent months, a powerful formation of Chinese warplanes—always including H-6 bombers—has launched on the very same day. David Axe, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flattop was in 1940

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“Flattop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flattop. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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