Origin of gonfalon
Examples from the Web for gonfalon
Gonfalon, gon′fa-lon, n. an ensign or standard with streamers—also Gon′fanon.
Down are gone both cap and feather, Lance and gonfalon are down!The Bon Gaultier Ballads|William Edmonstoune Aytoun
He registered a vow to set a watch on this solicitous cousin who offered so readily to bear his gonfalon.Love-at-Arms|Raphael Sabatini
The people were drawn together under the Gonfalon of justice and the ensigns of the companies of the artisans.History Of Florence And Of The Affairs Of Italy|Niccolo Machiavelli
The Doge himself, seventy-two years and all, reared his gonfalon of gold in the Piazza and decided to lead the armament.Venice and its Story|Thomas Okey
British Dictionary definitions for gonfalon
Word Origin for gonfalon
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.