noun Military.

a small flag or streamer carried as a guide, for marking or signaling, or for identification.
the soldier carrying it.

Compare colorbearer.

Origin of guidon

1540–50; < Middle French < Italian guidone, equivalent to guid(are) to guide + -one noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guidon

Historical Examples of guidon

  • They couldn't be so dead but they would rally to the guidon!

    The Lost Guidon

    Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

  • Once a gleam of scarlet from the guidon flashed on the sight.

    The Raid Of The Guerilla

    Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

  • She had powers which had ever been the admiration of Guidon Hill.

    Romany of the Snows

    Gilbert Parker

  • The next moment a bullet cut the staff of the guidon, and another killed Riggen, who fell across the body of the lieutenant.

    Campfire and Battlefield

    Rossiter Johnson

  • The only other flag form to which we need make any very definite reference is the Guidon.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme

British Dictionary definitions for guidon



a small pennant, used as a marker or standard, esp by cavalry regiments
the man or vehicle that carries this

Word Origin for guidon

C16: from French, from Old Provençal guidoo, from guida guide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for guidon

"small flag," 1540s, from Middle French guidon (16c.), from Italian guidone "battle standard," from guidare "to direct, guide," from Old Provençal guidar (see guide (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper