flat·​top | \ ˈflat-ˌtäp How to pronounce flattop (audio) \

Definition of flattop

: something with a flat or flattened upper surface: such as
b : a modified crew cut

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There’s nothing special to the dog itself, just a standard wiener steamed and grilled on a flattop and stuffed into a plain ol’ bun. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 Inside the 39-seat family-run eatery, chef Rob Menendez slaps another frita on the flattop plancha while his sister, Renesi Thompson, works the register and father Bob schmoozes with regulars. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: Behold the juicy Cuban hamburger at It’s a Cubano B in Pompano Beach," 25 June 2019 At 58, Mellott looks like a cop: flattop, broad shoulders and those busy eyes. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Speaking for baby Rose: How a Baltimore detective found his purpose investigating child abuse," 6 June 2019 The 100 percent Wagyu patty is roughly chopped rather than finely ground, formed into a ball, and cooked smash-burger style on a flattop. Stan Parish, WSJ, "‘Go Beyond Sushi’: Tokyo’s Culinary Gems," 19 June 2018 Although female sailors have served aboard America’s flattops for two decades, on that sunny morning in the Persian Gulf, 35 women made history. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Female crew takes over aircraft carrier's catapults, likely a first in the ship's history," 6 May 2018 The gnarly branches and flattop crowns of these trees are similar to the wrinkles found on the faces of older people, suggesting the notion that age is a sign of wisdom. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Photos Document the Last Remaining Old-Growth Pine Forests of the American South," 19 Jan. 2018 Canard will feature a pair of marble bars, one curved, the other fronting Rucker's burners and flattop grill. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "Le Pigeon expands next door with wine-focused Canard," 18 Jan. 2018 The first woman to navigate the flattop Enterprise. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vice Admiral Tyson "to leave a large hole" in the Navy," 14 Sep. 2017

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flattop

: a haircut in which the hair is very short on the sides and flat and evenly cut on top

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