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From Middle English flagon, variation of Middle English flakon, from Middle French fla(s)con, from Late Latin flascōnem, accusative of flascō "flask, bottle, container", from Frankish flaska "flask, bottle" from Proto-Germanic *flaskǭ (bottle), from Proto-Germanic *flehtaną (to plait, braid), from the practice of plaiting or wrapping bottles in straw casing. Akin to Old High German flasca, flaska (bottle, flask) (German Flasche), Old Norse flaska (Danish flaske), Old English flasce, flaxe (bottle, flask). Doublet of flask and fiasco.



flagon (plural flagons)

  1. A large bottle for drinks such as beer, cider, or wine.
    • 1819 June 23, Geoffrey Crayon [pseudonym; Washington Irving], “Rip Van Winkle”, in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., number I, New York, N.Y.: [] C. S. Van Winkle, [], OCLC 1090970992, pages 75–76:
      He was naturally a thirsty soul, and was soon tempted to repeat the draught. One taste provoked another, and he reiterated his visits to the flagon so often, that at length his senses were overpowered, his eyes swam in his head, his head gradually declined, and he fell into a deep sleep. [] the flagon—"Oh ! that flagon ! that wicked flagon !" thought Rip—"What excuse shall I make to Dame Van Winkle?"
  2. The amount that such a bottle holds, about 1.13 litres.
  3. A large vessel, usually with a handle, lid, and spout, for drinks such as cider or wine.
    • 2003, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, & Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 00:14:12:
      Merry and Pippin: You can drink your fancy ales / You can drink 'em by the flagon / But the only brew for the brave and true / Comes from The Green Dragon






  1. accusative singular of flago