Definition of flagon in English:



  • 1A large container in which drink is served, typically with a handle and spout.

    ‘a silver flagon’
    • ‘‘Hell no,’ Percy agreed as he passed out fresh flagons.’
    • ‘He bought a pitcher of the spiced, potent mead sold in these parts, and asked for a pair of clean flagons.’
    • ‘An 1879 claret jug can be seen as a pared-down variant of an 1862 gothic silver and glass flagon designed by William Butterfield.’
    • ‘Despite this, some early pewter survives, including the flagons shown in Plates II and IV.’
    • ‘He pulled another long drink from his flagon.’
    • ‘He said it as he picked up a flagon and put it under the spout of a wine barrel.’
    • ‘He drank deeply from his flagon, set it down once more.’
    • ‘He took a seat next to his king, taking a flagon from a servant and drinking deeply.’
    • ‘All of the 120 or more silver bowls, dishes, cups, flagons and spoons were cut up, crushed, or broken.’
    • ‘Since he is not drinking himself and the flagon is half-empty, it is not likely to be her first glassful.’
    • ‘A large flagon contained grog, the drink consumed by every person on board.’
    • ‘As Hunter drew closer, he noticed the several flagons sitting on the table between them were mostly empty.’
    • ‘Consider it your reward for dealing with Old Martin at the gatehouse,’ he said, pushing the flagon a bit closer.’
    • ‘He plucked a flagon from the tray of a passing serving boy.’
    • ‘He returned a minute later with a tray and four flagons.’
    • ‘Mountains of grapes dwindled; empty flagons accumulated on the floor.’
    • ‘She bent down and picked up a second flagon, then started to drink it.’
    • ‘It has long been known that water carried in silver flagons stays fresh.’
    • ‘Dusk slowly came and still the walls of the pub echoed with laughter and the sound of clinking flagons and plates.’
    • ‘Together they returned their flagons to the bar as he gave them one last look.’
    beaker, cup
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    1. 1.1 The amount of liquid held in a flagon.
      ‘a flagon of beer’
      • ‘Still, a couple of flagons of Merlot soothed her somewhat.’
      • ‘After that came the famous Valenti pork shank, an imposing haunch of meat, braised in whole flagons of wine, supported by garden vegetables and a mound of polenta.’
      • ‘As an actor, no, I cannot do without the words of a writer (or a flagon of booze to keep me going each day).’
    2. 1.2 A container similar to a flagon used to hold the wine for the Eucharist.
      • ‘Refined worship called for matched sets of flagons for pouting communion wine, and cups or beakers for drinking it.’
      earthenware container, glass container, pot, crock, urn, pitcher, jug, flask, decanter, carafe, ewer, drum, canister
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    3. 1.3 A large bottle in which wine or cider is sold, typically holding 1.13 litres (about 2 pints).
      • ‘And the drinking games were being played using a super-strong lager that came in flagons from the nearby brewery.’
      • ‘Made in co-operatives, it is bottled in 5-l flagons and sold in bars and cafés.’
      jug, vessel, container, bottle, carafe, flask, decanter, mug, tankard, ewer, pitcher, crock, demijohn
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Late Middle English: from Old French flacon, based on late Latin flasco, flascon-, of unknown origin. Compare with flask.