flan

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Etymology 1[edit]

(1846) French flan (cheesecake, custard tart, flan), from Old French flaon, from Late Latin fladonem, accusative of flado (flat cake), from Old Frankish *flado (flat cake), from Proto-Germanic *flaþô (flat cake), from Proto-Indo-European *plat-, *pla- (flat, broad), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (to spread out, broad, flat). Akin to Old High German flado (flat cake, offering cake). More at flathe.

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Noun[edit]

flan (plural flans)

  1. Baked tart with sweet or savoury filling in an open-topped pastry case (the only meaning in UK)
  2. Type of custard dessert, popular in Spanish-speaking countries (both the pastry version and this one may be called flan in the USA). Called crème caramel in UK
  3. (numismatics) A flat metal disk used to strike coins.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

flan (plural flans)

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

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French flaon, from Late Latin fladonem, accusative of flado (flat cake), from Frankish *flado (flat cake), from Proto-Germanic *flaþô (flat, broad), from Proto-Indo-European *plat-, *pla- (flat, broad), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (to spread out, broad, flat). Akin to Old High German flado (flat cake, offering cake) (German Fladen), Dutch vla (baked custard).

Noun[edit]

flan m (plural flans)

  1. baked custard tart

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *flainaz (hook, speak with a tip), from Proto-Indo-European *plein- (metal arrow, hook, spear-head). Akin to Old Norse fleinn (hook, barbed weapon, javelin, arrow).

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flān ?

  1. a barb
  2. a javelin
  3. an arrow; dart
    Hie ða fromlice leton forð fleogan flana scuras. Then they promptly let fly showers of arrows. (Judith)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French flan, from Frankish *flado.

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flan m (plural flanes)

  1. flan, sweet pudding