One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large container in which drink is served, typically with a handle and spout.‘there was a flagon of beer in his vast fist’
beaker, cupView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- 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).’
- 1.2 A container similar to a flagon used to hold the wine for the Eucharist.
earthenware container, glass container, pot, crock, urn, pitcher, jug, flask, decanter, carafe, ewer, drum, canisterView synonyms
- ‘Refined worship called for matched sets of flagons for pouting communion wine, and cups or beakers for drinking it.’
- 1.3 A large bottle in which wine or cider is sold, typically holding about 2 pints (1.13 liters).
jug, vessel, container, bottle, carafe, flask, decanter, mug, tankard, ewer, pitcher, crock, demijohnView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French flacon, based on late Latin flasco, flascon-, of unknown origin. Compare with flask.
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