lag·​an | \ ˈla-gən How to pronounce lagan (audio) \
variants: or less commonly lagend \ ˈla-​gənd How to pronounce lagend (audio) \

Definition of lagan

: goods thrown into the sea with a buoy attached so that they may be found again

Examples of lagan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tire reef is different from the usual flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "‘It just looks like a pile of trash’: Boat crew hauls tire reef out of the sea off Newport," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lagan

1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lagan

Middle French lagan or Medieval Latin laganum debris washed up from the sea

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The first known use of lagan was in 1641

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“Lagan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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