: a side of cured meat
especially : a side of bacon
: a longitudinal section of a log

Examples of flitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In China, the wood is sold from warehouses in ports on the coast and on the Yangtze River to furniture makers farther inland who turn flitches into fancy furnishings. Carlos Duarte, National Geographic, 16 Aug. 2019 On a routine patrol a few months earlier, a forest ranger had discovered a pile of flitches waiting for pick-up in a clearing between the woods and the access road. Carlos Duarte, National Geographic, 16 Aug. 2019 Madison is a family name — his great-grandfather’s name and Pryor’s middle name — and flitch is the Old English word for a wood slab. Anne Kniggendorf, kansascity.com, 15 May 2017

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Word History


Middle English flicche, from Old English flicce; akin to Old High German fleisk flesh — more at flesh entry 1

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flitch was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near flitch

Cite this Entry

“Flitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flitch. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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