pennon

[ pen-uhn ]
/ ˈpɛn ən /
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noun

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.

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Origin of pennon

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pennon

pennoned, adjectiveun·pen·noned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pennon

pennon
/ (ˈpɛnən) /

noun

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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