[ gon-fuh-luh n ]
/ ˈgɒn fə lən /


a banner suspended from a crossbar, often with several streamers or tails.
a standard, especially one used by the medieval Italian republics.

Origin of gonfalon

1585–95; < Italian gonfalone < Middle French gonfalon, gonfanon < Germanic; see gonfanon
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gonfanon (ˈɡɒnfənən)

/ (ˈɡɒnfələn) /


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

Word Origin for gonfalon

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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