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[flag-staf, -stahf] /ˈflægˌstæf, -ˌstɑf/
noun, plural flagstaves, flagstaffs.
Origin of flagstaff
1605-15; flag1 + staff1


[flag-staf, -stahf] /ˈflægˌstæf, -ˌstɑf/
a city in central Arizona. About 6900 feet (2100 meters) high. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Clark was standing alone by the flagstaff, his face careworn.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • "A sailor found them by the flagstaff that—that night," sobbed Mrs. Cheyne.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • One and all they were thankful for the occupation of erecting the flagstaff, and Arthur had no lack of assistants in his task.

    More About Peggy Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  • From the flagstaff of a hotel on the heights floated the American flag.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • flagstaff, the next town, was over eighty miles away, and the trail ran across some of the most arid country of Arizona.

  • Again and again the flagstaff fell, and again and again we replaced it.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • A gunner on the noble Oregon had taken careful aim and cut the flagstaff in two.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
Word Origin and History for flagstaff

1610s, from flag (n.) + staff (n.). The settlement in Arizona, U.S., so called for a July 4, 1876, celebration in which a large flag was flown from a tall tree.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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