- the red banner of St. Denis, near Paris, carried before the early kings of France as a military ensign.
- any ensign, banner, or standard, especially one that serves as a rallying point or symbol.
Origin of oriflamme
Examples from the Web for oriflamme
To you, Geoffrey de Chargny, I intrust the oriflamme this day.
Advance the oriflamme, Geoffrey, and do you marshal the divisions, Arnold.
The galley which bore the oriflamme was one of the first to touch.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times
Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The owner of this oriflamme looked like a young Scandinavian god.Idolatry
At length, however, Jeffrey de Charny was killed, and the oriflamme fell.Saint George for England
G. A. Henty
- a scarlet flag, originally of the abbey of St Denis in N France, adopted as the national banner of France in the Middle Ages
Word Origin and History for oriflamme
sacred banner of St. Denis, late 15c., from Old French orie flambe, from Latin aurea flamma "golden flame." The ancient battle standard of the kings of France, it was of red or orange-red silk, with two or three points, and was given to the kings by the abbot of St. Denis on setting out to war. Cotgrave says it was "borne at first onely in warres made against Infidells; but afterwards vsed in all other warres; and at length vtterly lost in a battell against the Flemings." It is last mentioned in an abbey inventory of 1534.