from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A hill of northern England near the Scottish border. It was the site of the Battle of Flodden Field (September 9, 1513) in which the English defeated the Scots under James IV, who was killed there.

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  • noun a battle in 1513; the English defeated the invading Scots and James IV was killed
  • noun a hill in Northumberland where the invading Scots were defeated by the English in 1513


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  • Indeed, the ballad of "Flodden" says he came for it; but the valiant and chivalrous king would give him no reward but that which he said every traitor deserved -- a rope.

    Northumberland Yesterday and To-day 1908

  • It's doubly powerful if you know just what a yew tree represents in Scotland, and what 'Flodden' was.

    The Anchoress 2008

  • It's doubly powerful if you know just what a yew tree represents in Scotland, and what 'Flodden' was.

    The Anchoress 2008

  • Sir Walter Scott, Marmion: a Tale of Flodden Field. 1809: Publication of the 2 volume stereotype edition of Bloomfield's Poems, containing new prefaces and revised texts of some of his work.

    A Bloomfield Chronology 2009

  • [1] Walter Scott's second verse romance, Marmion: a Tale of Flodden Field was published in 1808, following the runaway success of The Lay of the Last Minstrel (London and Edinburgh, 1805).

    Letter 234 2009

  • Eleven years later, in the Battle of Flodden against the English, Scotland suffered its worst ever military defeat.

    Chávez Takes a Swing at Golf 2009

  • Ravenswood to the fatal battle of Flodden, in which they both fell.

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008

  • The remorse which he felt, as well as the recollection of her charms, proved the penance of his future life, which he lost in the battle of Flodden not many months after.

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008

  • Down came the Scots, and they were cut up at Flodden, by Surrey, later made Duke of Norfolk: the Norfolk that was then, not the Norfolk that is now, that sinewy little twitcher constantly twitching toward his advantage.

    Cromwell & Wolsey: From 'Wolf Hall' Mantel, Hilary 2008

  • The tune of 'Flowers of the Forest' came to mind; the lament played by a piper to recall the Scottish dead at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

    Irish Blogs 2008


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