Definition of flagon in US English:



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

    ‘there was a flagon of beer in his vast fist’
    • ‘As Hunter drew closer, he noticed the several flagons sitting on the table between them were mostly empty.’
    • ‘It has long been known that water carried in silver flagons stays fresh.’
    • ‘He said it as he picked up a flagon and put it under the spout of a wine barrel.’
    • ‘Mountains of grapes dwindled; empty flagons accumulated on the floor.’
    • ‘‘Hell no,’ Percy agreed as he passed out fresh flagons.’
    • ‘He pulled another long drink from his flagon.’
    • ‘He returned a minute later with a tray and four flagons.’
    • ‘Consider it your reward for dealing with Old Martin at the gatehouse,’ he said, pushing the flagon a bit closer.’
    • ‘An 1879 claret jug can be seen as a pared-down variant of an 1862 gothic silver and glass flagon designed by William Butterfield.’
    • ‘She bent down and picked up a second flagon, then started to drink it.’
    • ‘Since he is not drinking himself and the flagon is half-empty, it is not likely to be her first glassful.’
    • ‘He plucked a flagon from the tray of a passing serving boy.’
    • ‘He bought a pitcher of the spiced, potent mead sold in these parts, and asked for a pair of clean flagons.’
    • ‘He took a seat next to his king, taking a flagon from a servant and drinking deeply.’
    • ‘A large flagon contained grog, the drink consumed by every person on board.’
    • ‘Together they returned their flagons to the bar as he gave them one last look.’
    • ‘Despite this, some early pewter survives, including the flagons shown in Plates II and IV.’
    • ‘All of the 120 or more silver bowls, dishes, cups, flagons and spoons were cut up, crushed, or broken.’
    • ‘Dusk slowly came and still the walls of the pub echoed with laughter and the sound of clinking flagons and plates.’
    • ‘He drank deeply from his flagon, set it down once more.’
    beaker, cup
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    1. 1.1 The amount of liquid held in a flagon.
      ‘he had at least three flagons of wine down him already’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still, a couple of flagons of Merlot soothed her somewhat.’
      • ‘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 about 2 pints (1.13 liters).
      • ‘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.