from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large vessel, usually of metal or pottery, with a handle and spout and often a lid, used for holding wine or other liquors.
- n. The quantity of liquid that such a vessel can hold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large bottle for drinks such as wine or cider.
- n. The amount that such a bottle holds, about 1.13 litres.
- n. A large vessel usually with a handle, spout and lid, for drinks such as wine or cider.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel with a narrow mouth, used for holding and conveying liquors. It is generally larger than a bottle, and of leather or stoneware rather than of glass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel for holding liquids, especially for table use. It has a spout, a handle, and usually a cover.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large metal or pottery vessel with a handle and spout; used to hold alcoholic beverages (usually wine)
Middle English, from Old French flacon, from Late Latin flascō, flascōn-, bottle; see flask.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English flagon, variation of Middle English flakon, from Middle French fla(s)con, from Late Latin flascōnem, accusative of flascō "flask, bottle, container", from Frankish flaska "flask, bottle" from Proto-Germanic *flaskōn (“bottle”), from Proto-Germanic *flehtanan (“to plait, braid”), from the practice of plaiting or wrapping bottles in straw casing. See fiasco. Akin to Old High German flasca, flaska ("bottle, flask") (German Flasche), Old Norse flaska (Danish flaske), Old English flasce, flaxe ("bottle, flask"). More at flask (Wiktionary)