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[gon-fuh-luh n]
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  1. a banner suspended from a crossbar, often with several streamers or tails.
  2. a standard, especially one used by the medieval Italian republics.
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Origin of gonfalon

1585–95; < Italian gonfalone < Middle French gonfalon, gonfanon < Germanic; see gonfanon
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  • Down are gone both cap and feather,   Lance and gonfalon are down!

    The Bon Gaultier Ballads

    William Edmonstoune Aytoun

  • The people were drawn together under the Gonfalon of justice and the ensigns of the companies of the artisans.

  • Gonfalon, gon′fa-lon, n. an ensign or standard with streamers—also Gon′fanon.

  • The galley was driven ashore and the old fellow leapt on to the beach, the gonfalon being borne before him.

  • The Doge himself, seventy-two years and all, reared his gonfalon of gold in the Piazza and decided to lead the armament.

British Dictionary definitions for gonfalon


gonfanon (ˈɡɒnfənən)

  1. a banner hanging from a crossbar, used esp by certain medieval Italian republics or in ecclesiastical processions
  2. a battle flag suspended crosswise on a staff, usually having a serrated edge to give the appearance of streamers
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Word Origin

C16: from Old Italian gonfalone, from Old French gonfalon, of Germanic origin; compare Old English gūthfana war banner, Old Norse gunnfani
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Word Origin and History for gonfalon

1590s, variant of Middle English gonfanon (c.1300), from Old French gonfanon "knight's pennon" (12c.), from Old High German guntfano "battle flag," from Proto-Germanic *gunthja- "war," from PIE *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane) + *fano "banner" (cf. Gothic fana "cloth"). Cognate with Old English guþfana, Old Norse gunnfani. Change of -n- to -l- by dissimilation.

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