Main definitions of flageolet in English

: flageolet1flageolet2

flageolet1

noun

  • 1A very small flute-like instrument resembling a recorder but with four finger holes on top and two thumb holes below.

    • ‘Dozens of patients, mostly dressed in black, marched through the streets following a draped coffin while musicians played a dirge on a flageolet and melodion.’
    • ‘His power over his instrument is surprising; the tones he draws from it might be thought those of the sweetest flageolet and hautboy, and sometimes of the human voice.’
    • ‘Diagrams relating fingering to notes have occasionally been used for such wind instruments as the recorder, flageolet, oboe, and clarinet in instrumental tutors since the 16th century.’
    • ‘After making a demo in his London flat on a stereo tape-deck, he hawked his melding of many instruments (glockenspiel, farfisa organ, flageolet etc) around record companies.’
    • ‘Here all is atwitter with prominent flageolet and flutes.’
    • ‘He plays the lute too, and the flageolet, considers lessons in whistling, even composes.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for tin whistle

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French, diminutive of Old French flageol, from Provençal flaujol, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

flageolet

/ˈfladʒəlɪt/

Main definitions of flageolet in English

: flageolet1flageolet2

flageolet2

noun

  • A French kidney bean of a small variety used in cooking.

    • ‘I have suggested flageolet or lima beans here as they survive the canning process rather better than some.’
    • ‘They are usually a mixture of cannellini, flageolet and borlotti beans.’
    • ‘I'm good at lamb shank, flageolet beans and garlic.’
    • ‘Lunch is a roast leg of lamb with juicy roast vine tomatoes and a flageolet bean gratin.’
    • ‘For my main course I had chosen a cassoulet of pork, lamb and duck with flageolet beans.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from French, based on Latin phaseolus bean.

Pronunciation:

flageolet

/ˈfla(d)ʒəleɪ//ˌfladʒəˈlɛt/