- a banner suspended from a crossbar, often with several streamers or tails.
- a standard, especially one used by the medieval Italian republics.
Origin of gonfalon
Examples from the Web for gonfalon
Down are gone both cap and feather, Lance and gonfalon are down!The Bon Gaultier Ballads
William Edmonstoune Aytoun
The people were drawn together under the Gonfalon of justice and the ensigns of the companies of the artisans.History Of Florence And Of The Affairs Of Italy
Gonfalon, gon′fa-lon, n. an ensign or standard with streamers—also Gon′fanon.
The galley was driven ashore and the old fellow leapt on to the beach, the gonfalon being borne before him.
The Doge himself, seventy-two years and all, reared his gonfalon of gold in the Piazza and decided to lead the armament.
- a banner hanging from a crossbar, used esp by certain medieval Italian republics or in ecclesiastical processions
- a battle flag suspended crosswise on a staff, usually having a serrated edge to give the appearance of streamers
Word Origin and History for gonfalon
1590s, variant of Middle English gonfanon (c.1300), from Old French gonfanon "knight's pennon" (12c.), from Old High German guntfano "battle flag," from Proto-Germanic *gunthja- "war," from PIE *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane) + *fano "banner" (cf. Gothic fana "cloth"). Cognate with Old English guþfana, Old Norse gunnfani. Change of -n- to -l- by dissimilation.