Definition of flan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//flæn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flæn//
    [countable, uncountable] Sweets and desserts
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  1. 1(especially British English) an open pie made of pastry or cake filled with eggs and cheese, fruit, etc. a mushroom/strawberry flan Have some more flan. compare quiche, tart See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  2. 2(North American English) (British English crème caramel) a cold dessert (= a sweet dish) made from milk, eggs and sugar See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French (originally denoting a round cake) from Old French flaon, from medieval Latin flado, fladon-, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlade ‘custard’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: flan

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