pennant

[pen-uh nt]

noun

a long, tapering flag or burgee of distinctive form and special significance, borne on naval or other vessels and used in signaling or for identification.
any relatively long, tapering flag.
a flag serving as an emblem of victory or championship, especially in baseball.
Nautical. pendant(def 6).

Origin of pennant

1605–15; blend of pennon and pendant
Can be confusedpendant pendent pennant pundit
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pennant

noun

a type of pennon, esp one flown from vessels as identification or for signalling
mainly US, Canadian and Australian
  1. a flag serving as an emblem of championship in certain sports
  2. (as modifier)pennant cricket
nautical another word for pendant (def. 5)

Word Origin for pennant

C17: probably a blend of pendant and pennon
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Word Origin and History for pennant
n.

1610s, "rope for hoisting," probably a blend of pendant in the nautical sense of "suspended rope" and pennon. Use for "flag on a warship" first recorded 1690s; "flag symbolizing a sports championship" (especially baseball) is from 1880; as a synonym for "championship" it was first used 1915.

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