Pronunciation: (flan, flän; for 1 also Sp. flän; for 2 also Fr. flän), [key]
pl. flansPronunciation: (flanz, flänz; for 2 also Fr. flän); [key] Sp. fla•nesPronunciation: (flä'nes) [key] for 1.

1. Spanish Cookery.a dessert of sweetened egg custard with a caramel topping.
2. an open, tartlike pastry, the shell of which is baked in a bottomless band of metal (flan ring) on a baking sheet, removed from the ring and filled with custard, cream, fruit, etc.
3. a piece of metal shaped ready to form a coin, but not yet stamped by the die.
4. the metal of which a coin is made, as distinct from its design.

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