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  1. the bearer of a gonfalon.
  2. a chief magistrate or some other elected official in any of several medieval Italian republics.
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Origin of gonfalonier

1580–90; < French < Italian gonfaloniere. See gonfalon, -ier2
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Historical Examples of gonfalonier

  • In 1520, for example, he entered the Signory; and in 1521 he was Gonfalonier of Justice.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)

    John Addington Symonds

  • In conclusion, he averred that this course would unite and secure the republic, and crown the Gonfalonier with glory.

  • From thenceforward there were no magnates among them, but there was added thereto the gonfalonier of justice.

    Villani's Chronicle

    Giovanni Villani

  • Segni was nephew of the Gonfalonier Capponi, and shared the anxieties of the moderate liberals during the siege of Florence.

  • Galileo was of noble blood, and traced an ancestry to a Gonfalonier of Florence.

British Dictionary definitions for gonfalonier


  1. the chief magistrate or other official of a medieval Italian republic, esp the bearer of the republic's gonfalon
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