flan

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(1846) French flan ‎(cheesecake, custard tart, flan), from Old French flaon, from Late Latin fladonem, accusative of flado ‎(flat cake), from Old Frankish *flado, *flatho ‎(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.

A savory flan (non-dessert).
A flan (custard dessert) from India.

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Noun[edit]

flan ‎(plural flans)

  1. (Britain, US) Baked tart with sweet or savoury filling in an open-topped pastry case. (Compare quiche.)
    • 2004, Shawn Blore, ‎Alexandra de Vries, Frommer's Brazil (ISBN 0764569724), page 175:
      The menu includes a number of excellent fish dishes such as the [] broccoli flan.
  2. (US) A dessert of congealed custard, often topped with caramel, especially popular in Spanish-speaking countries. (Called a crème caramel in the 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.

Noun[edit]

flan ‎(plural flans)

  1. (informal) 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).

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flan m ‎(plural flans)

  1. baked custard tart

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *flainaz ‎(hook, spear with a tip), from Proto-Indo-European *pleyn- ‎(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