from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tart with a filling of custard, fruit, or cheese.
- n. See crème caramel.
- n. A metal disk to be stamped as a coin; a blank.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Baked tart with sweet or savoury filling in an open-topped pastry case (the only meaning in UK)
- n. Type of custard dessert, popular in Spanish-speaking countries (both the pastry version and this one may be called flan in the USA). Called crème caramel in UK
- n. A flat metal disk used to strike coins.
- n. A fan of U.S. TV series Firefly; a Browncoat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden gust of wind from the land; a flaw.
- n. Smoke driven down the chimney by gusts of wind.
- In architecture, to splay or bevel internally, as a window-jamb.
- n. A small round net for covering the openings of rabbit-burrows when the rabbits are hunted with ferrets.
- n. A piece of metal shaped ready to form a coin, but not yet stamped by the die. Same as blank, 9.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. open pastry filled with fruit or custard
French, from Old French flaon, from Late Latin fladō, fladōn-, flat cake, of Germanic origin; see plat- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(1846) French flan ("cheesecake, custard tart, flan"), from Old French flaon, from Late Latin fladonem, accusative of flado ("flat cake"), from Frankish *flado ("flat cake"), from Proto-Germanic *flaþô (“flatcake”), from Proto-Indo-European *plat-, *pla- (“flat, broad”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (“to spread out, broad, flat”). Akin to Old High German flado ("flat cake, offering cake"). More at flathe. (Wiktionary)
English, from a slip of the tongue by actor Nathan Fillion (Wiktionary)