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fanion

[fan-yuh n]
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noun
  1. 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 fanon fanon
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  • Fanion, fan′yun, n. a small marking-flag used at a station in surveying.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

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British Dictionary definitions for fanion

fanion

noun
  1. a small flag used by surveyors to mark stations
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from fanon maniple, of Germanic origin
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