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[gahyd-n] /ˈgaɪd n/
noun, Military.
a small flag or streamer carried as a guide, for marking or signaling, or for identification.
the soldier carrying it.
Compare colorbearer.
Origin of guidon
1540-50; < Middle French < Italian guidone, equivalent to guid(are) to guide + -one noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for guidon
Historical Examples
  • They couldn't be so dead but they would rally to the guidon!

    The Lost Guidon Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • Once a gleam of scarlet from the guidon flashed on the sight.

    The Raid Of The Guerilla Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • She had powers which had ever been the admiration of guidon Hill.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • The next moment a bullet cut the staff of the guidon, and another killed Riggen, who fell across the body of the lieutenant.

    Campfire and Battlefield

    Rossiter Johnson
  • The only other flag form to which we need make any very definite reference is the guidon.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • guidon is the regulation name now applied to the small standards borne by the squadrons of some of our cavalry regiments.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • Still holding the guidon, Drew obeyed the beckoning hand of one of the General's aides.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Drew snapped a shot at the Yankee guidon bearer, certain he saw the man flinch.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Alors, you know how she got to guidon Hill after two days' hard riding—enough to kill a man, and over fifty yet to do.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • Far behind upon a Divide the flying hunters from guidon Hill paused for a moment.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for guidon


a small pennant, used as a marker or standard, esp by cavalry regiments
the man or vehicle that carries this
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old Provençal guidoo, from guidaguide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for guidon

"small flag," 1540s, from Middle French guidon (16c.), from Italian guidone "battle standard," from guidare "to direct, guide," from Old Provençal guidar (see guide (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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