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banderole

[ban-duh-rohl]
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noun
  1. a small flag or streamer fastened to a lance, masthead, etc.
  2. a narrow scroll, usually bearing an inscription.
  3. (especially in Renaissance architecture) a sculptured band, as on a building, adapted to receive an inscription.
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Also ban·de·rol, ban·drol, ban·drole [ban-drohl] /ˈbæn droʊl/.

Origin of banderole

1555–65; < Middle French < Italian banderuola, equivalent to bandier(a) banner + -uola < Latin -e- or -i- + -ola -ole2
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Related Words

bannerbanneretcolorsensignoriflammepennantpennonstandardstreamerbannerolburgeeguidonmasthead

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Historical Examples

  • The banderole was a small flag of yellow silk, with a red moon in the centre, and on the face of the moon a white cross.

    The Prince of India, Volume II

    Lew. Wallace

  • Corti made the passage safely, and in the road beyond the moat halted, and drove the staff of his banderole firmly in the ground.

  • Before his time, the soldiers merely wore a banderole over their steel breast-plates and ordinary dresses.

  • Usually a flying cherub holds an end of the banderole, and Ferri shows a wingless putto even, flying with no other assistance.

    Art Principles

    Ernest Govett


British Dictionary definitions for banderole

banderole

banderol bannerol

noun
  1. a long narrow flag, usually with forked ends, esp one attached to the masthead of a ship; pennant
  2. a square flag draped over a tomb or carried at a funeral
  3. a ribbon-like scroll or sculptured band bearing an inscription, found esp in Renaissance architecture
  4. a streamer on a knight's lance
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French, from Italian banderuola, literally: a little banner, from bandiera banner
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