[ pen-uh n ]
/ ˈpɛn ən /


a distinctive flag in any of various forms, as tapering, triangular, or swallow-tailed, formerly one borne on the lance of a knight.
a pennant.
any flag or banner.
a wing or pinion.

Origin of pennon

1325–75; Middle English penon < Middle French, augmentative of Old French pene < Latin penna or pinna feather. See pen1

Related forms

pen·noned, adjectiveun·pen·noned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pennon


/ (ˈpɛnən) /


a long flag, often tapering and rounded, divided, or pointed at the end, originally a knight's personal flag
a small tapering or triangular flag borne on a ship or boat
a poetic word for wing

Word Origin for pennon

C14: via Old French ultimately from Latin penna feather
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