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gonfanon

[gon-fuh-nuh n]
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noun
  1. a gonfalon that hangs directly from a pole, especially from the shaft of a lance just below the lance head.
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Origin of gonfanon

1250–1300; Middle English go(u)nfano(u)n < Old French gunfanun, gonfanon, Old Provençal gonfano < Germanic; compare Old High German gund (Old English gūth) battle, German Fahne flag
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Historical Examples

  • I shall only add that the banner was sometimes called the Gonfanon.

    The History of Chivalry, Volume I (of 2)

    Charles Mills

  • Near the head of the lance is a gonfanon the fly of which is split into long tails.

    British Flags

    W. G. Perrin

  • As they sat upright upon their horses the tails of the gonfanon reached down to their hands or even to their feet.

    British Flags

    W. G. Perrin

  • No sign of the cross now remains in the painting, but in the sculpture it is plainly visible at the head of this gonfanon.

    British Flags

    W. G. Perrin

  • A gonfanon blue and white with a shield of the royal arms surrounded by a garter powdered with a golden fleurs de lis.

    British Flags

    W. G. Perrin