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Definition flan

Etymology 1

[1846] Borrowed from French flan (“cheesecake, custard tart, flan”) (partially via Spanish flan, itself from the French), from Old French flaon (> Middle English flaon, flaun (“pie; cake”)), from Late Latin fladō (“flat cake”), from Frankish flado, flatho (“flat cake”), from Proto-Germanic *flaþô (“flat cake”), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₂t- (“broad, flat”), from Proto-Indo-European *pelh₂- (“to spread out, be broad, be flat”). Akin to Old High German flado (“flat cake, offering cake”). More at flathe. The word has largely displaced its doublets flathe and flawn.


flan (plural flans)

  1. (Britain, US) Baked tart with sweet or savoury filling in an open-topped pastry case. (Compare quiche.)
  2. (US, Belize) A dessert of congealed custard, often topped with caramel, especially popular in Spanish-speaking countries.
  3. (numismatics) A coin die

Etymology 2

English, from a slip of the tongue by actor Nathan Fillion.


flan (plural flans)

  1. (informal) A fan of U.S. TV series Firefly; a Browncoat.

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