[ fan-yuhn ]
/ ˈfæn yən /
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a small flag, originally carried by military brigades, used by soldiers and surveyors as a positional marker.
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Origin of fanion
1700–10; <French, diminutive of fanonfanon
Words nearby fanion
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Example sentences from the Web for fanion
Fanion, fan′yun, n. a small marking-flag used at a station in surveying.
British Dictionary definitions for fanion
/ (ˈfænjən) /
a small flag used by surveyors to mark stations
Word Origin for fanion
C18: from French, from fanon maniple, of Germanic origin
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