Definition of flagon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflaɡən/


1A large container in which drink is served, typically with a handle and spout: there was a flagon of beer in his vast fist
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  • He pulled another long drink from his flagon.
  • He drank deeply from his flagon, set it down once more.
  • Since he is not drinking himself and the flagon is half-empty, it is not likely to be her first glassful.
1.1The amount of liquid held in a flagon: he had at least three flagons of wine down him already
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  • As an actor, no, I cannot do without the words of a writer (or a flagon of booze to keep me going each day).
  • After that came the famous Valenti pork shank, an imposing haunch of meat, braised in whole flagons of wine, supported by garden vegetables and a mound of polenta.
  • Still, a couple of flagons of Merlot soothed her somewhat.
1.2A container similar to a flagon used to hold the wine for the Eucharist.
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  • Refined worship called for matched sets of flagons for pouting communion wine, and cups or beakers for drinking it.
1.3A large bottle in which wine or cider is sold, typically holding about 2 pints (1.13 liters).
Example sentences
  • Made in co-operatives, it is bottled in 5-l flagons and sold in bars and cafés.
  • And the drinking games were being played using a super-strong lager that came in flagons from the nearby brewery.


Late Middle English: from Old French flacon, based on late Latin flasco, flascon-, of unknown origin. Compare with flask.

  • fiasco from mid 19th century:

    A fiasco is a ridiculous or humiliating failure. The word was borrowed from Italian in the 19th century. In that language it meant originally ‘a bottle’, but the phrase far fiasco, literally ‘make a bottle’, was used in the theatre to mean ‘fail in a performance’. In medieval English a flask (Middle English) was a cask or skin for holding liquor. The word came from medieval Latin flasca (along with LME flagon) but the 17th-century sense ‘glass container’ was influenced by Italian fiasco.

Words that rhyme with flagon

dragon, lagan, pendragon, wagon

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Syllabification: flag·on

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