- a small flag, originally carried by military brigades, used by soldiers and surveyors as a positional marker.
Origin of fanion
1700–10; < French, diminutive of fanon fanon
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Fanion, fan′yun, n. a small marking-flag used at a station in surveying.
- a small flag used by surveyors to mark stations
C18: from French, from fanon maniple, of Germanic origin