Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The flagon is the only piece of the church plate belonging to this period.

    The Evolution of an English Town

  • "flagon," but a "cake," a confection, as the Septuagint renders it, made of flour and honey.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • By what right do you drink from my flagon of life?

    Herman Melville's Homoerotic Side Highlighted In New Book

  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal 2010 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Rosé 2010 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Rosé, $40 This wine is reliably remembered by just about anyone who's ever had it—in large part because of its distinctive bottle, which is shaped a bit like a large perfume flagon.

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  • She sits out front under a tattered awning all day in school holidays, watching people, drinking from a two litre flagon of sherry.

    Clovers in her hair

  • That leaves me enough gold left over for a flagon of cheap wine, a belly full of hot mutton and a roll or two with a lusty wench!

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • We have indeed reached some significant milestones around here of late, and it's high time we celebrated with a flagon of ale, a buxom wench or two, and our very first CONTEST on CROM!

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • Time to polish off this flagon of ale ... hic ... there's virgins in distress, and in need of rescuing …

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • That was when the youth appeared, with a flagon of wine and three cups.

    Suvudu Final Four

  • Every warrior in the area converged to gaze on this ragtag band, came to lift a mighty flagon to their health and hear them tell their tales of valor.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

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  • From the book White Oleander by Janet Fitch. Pg.137
    "I found an impossibly soft stocking, the garter kind, cloud taupe, laddered, and an empty flagon of Ma Griffe perfume, its label decorated with a scribble of black lines on white. "

    November 1, 2010

  • Are you a New Zealander, punch?

    September 27, 2008

  • New Zealand definition of flagon:

    A glass vessel filled with draught beer available in public bars or bottle stores. Drinkers could take their own washed flagons or swap their empties for those pre-filled and corked ready for sale. The flagon was followed by the half-gallon jar and was preceded by the square rigger and the bluey. Most commonly used during the period of six-o'clock closing of bars.

    September 27, 2008

  • Miss Douce reached high to take a flagon, stretching her satin arm, her bust, that all but burst, so high.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 11

    January 7, 2007