Flan meaning

flăn, flän
A custard that is baked in a caramel-lined mold and served chilled with the caramel side up.
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A tart with a filling of custard, fruit, or cheese.
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A metal disk to be stamped as a coin; a blank.
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A piece of shaped metal ready to be made into a coin by the stamp of a die; blank.
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Baked tart with sweet or savoury filling in an open-topped pastry case (the only meaning in UK)
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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.
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(numismatics) A flat metal disk used to strike coins.
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A fan of U.S. TV series Firefly; a Browncoat.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
flan
Plural:
flans

Origin of flan

  • French from Old French flaon from Late Latin fladō fladōn- flat cake of Germanic origin plat- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • (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.

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary