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[flag-uh n] /ˈflæg ən/
a large bottle for wine, liquors, etc.
a container for holding liquids, as for use at table, especially one with a handle, a spout, and usually a cover.
Origin of flagon
1425-75; late Middle English, variant of flakon < Middle French fla(s)con < Late Latin flascōn- (stem of flascō) flask1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flagon
Historical Examples
  • Some of these, it will be noticed, have flat lids and one example has the dome-shaped lid of the flagon of earlier days.

  • He began by holding the flagon of Burgundy wine to his lips.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • She refused the cloak as she had refused the flagon and the cake, and replied, "A sack."

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • And Choulette pointed to two glasses and a flagon placed on a stove.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • When they arrived, he found a good fire in the chamber, and a table covered with cold meats, and a flagon of strong beer.

    The Old English Baron Clara Reeve
  • Nor must it be imagined, that while he thus exercised his teeth, he neglected the flagon.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. I (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • He laughed as the newcomers entered, thinking that two of his boon companions had returned to finish a flagon.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In the bottle, flagon, and flask, the neck is of different length and form.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • And here laid his hand upon every vessel (be it chalice or flagon) in which there was any wine to be consecrated.

    Coronation Anecdotes Giles Gossip
  • I dealt hotly with speculations over the ownership of the flagon.

    Thomas Hardy's Dorset Robert Thurston Hopkins
British Dictionary definitions for flagon


a large bottle of wine, cider, etc
a vessel having a handle, spout, and narrow neck
Word Origin
C15: from Old French flascon, from Late Latin flascō, probably of Germanic origin; see flask
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Word Origin and History for flagon

mid-15c., from Middle French flacon, Old French flascon, from Late Latin flasconem (nominative flasco) "bottle" (see flask).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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flagon in the Bible

Heb. ashishah, (2 Sam. 6:19; 1 Chr. 16:3; Cant. 2:5; Hos. 3:1), meaning properly "a cake of pressed raisins." "Flagons of wine" of the Authorized Version should be, as in the Revised Version, "cakes of raisins" in all these passages. In Isa. 22:24 it is the rendering of the Hebrew _nebel_, which properly means a bottle or vessel of skin. (Comp. 1 Sam. 1:24; 10:3; 25:18; 2 Sam. 16:1, where the same Hebrew word is used.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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