[ awr-uh-flam, or- ]
/ ˈɔr əˌflæm, ˈɒr- /
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the red banner of St. Denis, near Paris, carried before the early kings of France as a military ensign.
any ensign, banner, or standard, especially one that serves as a rallying point or symbol.



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Origin of oriflamme

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English oriflam, oriflamble, from Middle French, Old French oriflamme, oriflambe, equivalent to orie “golden” (from Latin aurea, feminine of aureus, derivative of aurum “gold”) + flamme; see origin at flame
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/ (ˈɒrɪˌflæm) /


a scarlet flag, originally of the abbey of St Denis in N France, adopted as the national banner of France in the Middle Ages

Word Origin for oriflamme

C15: via Old French, from Latin aurum gold + flamma flame
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