- a gonfalon that hangs directly from a pole, especially from the shaft of a lance just below the lance head.
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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Examples from the Web for gonfanon
I shall only add that the banner was sometimes called the Gonfanon.The History of Chivalry, Volume I (of 2)
Near the head of the lance is a gonfanon the fly of which is split into long tails.
As they sat upright upon their horses the tails of the gonfanon reached down to their hands or even to their feet.
No sign of the cross now remains in the painting, but in the sculpture it is plainly visible at the head of this gonfanon.
A gonfanon blue and white with a shield of the royal arms surrounded by a garter powdered with a golden fleurs de lis.