- a piece of shaped metal ready to be made into a coin by the stamp of a die; blank
- a tart filled with custard, fruit, etc., or with a savory mixture
- a Spanish dessert of custard covered with a burnt-sugar syrup
Origin of flanFrench from Old French flaon (from source Middle English flawn, flan) from Medieval Latin flado (gen. fladonis) from OHG, flat cake, akin to Middle English flathen: for Indo-European base see flat
- A custard that is baked in a caramel-lined mold and served chilled with the caramel side up. Also called crème caramel .
- A tart with a filling of custard, fruit, or cheese.
- A metal disk to be stamped as a coin; a blank.
Origin of flanFrench from Old French flaon from Late Latin fladō fladōn- flat cake of Germanic origin ; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
- Baked tart with sweet or savoury filling in an open-topped pastry case (the only meaning in UK)
- 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
- (numismatics) A flat metal disk used to strike coins.
(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.
English, from a slip of the tongue by actor Nathan Fillion