Flan is an open pastry or sponge cake containing a sweet or savoury filling. A typical flan of this sort is round, with shortcrust pastry. It is similar to a custard tart or a South African melktert.
The English word "flan", and the earlier forms "flaune" and "flawn", come from Old French flaon (modern French flan), in turn from early Medieval Latin fladōn-em, derived from Old High German flado, a sort of flat cake, probably from an Indo-European root for "flat" or "broad".
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- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition (1989); Petit Robert 1973.