Flagon vs. Tankard

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Main Difference

The main difference between Flagon and Tankard is that the Flagon is a pitcher, often for alcholic beverages and Tankard is a drinking vessel

  • Flagon

    A flagon () is a large leather, metal, glass, plastic or ceramic vessel, used for drink, whether this be water, ale, or another liquid. A flagon is typically of about 2 imperial pints (1.1 l) in volume, and it has either a handle (when strictly it is a jug), or (more usually) one or two rings at the neck. Sometimes the neck has a large flange at the top rather than rings. The neck itself may or may not be formed into one, two or three spouts. The name comes from the same origin as the word “flask”.

  • Tankard

    A tankard is a form of drinkware consisting of a large, roughly cylindrical, drinking cup with a single handle. Tankards are usually made of silver, pewter, or glass, but can be made of other materials, for example wood, ceramic or leather. A tankard may have a hinged lid, and tankards featuring glass bottoms are also fairly common. Tankards are shaped and used similarly to beer steins.

  • Flagon (noun)

    A large bottle for drinks such as wine, cider or beer.

  • Flagon (noun)

    The amount that such a bottle holds, about 1.13 litres.

  • Flagon (noun)

    A large vessel usually with a handle, spout and lid, for drinks such as wine or cider.

  • Tankard (noun)

    A large drinking vessel, sometimes of pewter, sometimes with a glass base, with one handle and often a hinged cover.

  • Tankard (noun)

    a tall beer mug, typically made of silver or pewter, with a handle and sometimes a hinged lid.

  • Tankard (noun)

    the contents of or an amount held by a tankard

    “I’ve downed a tankard of ale”

Oxford Dictionary

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