[ pen-uh nt ]
/ ˈpɛn ənt /


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).

Nearby words

  1. penn, william,
  2. penn.,
  3. penna,
  4. pennaceous,
  5. pennae,
  6. pennate,
  7. penne,
  8. pennell,
  9. pennell, joseph,
  10. penner

Origin of pennant

1605–15; blend of pennon and pendant

Can be confusedpendant pendent pennant pundit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pennant


/ (ˈpɛnənt) /


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



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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