or pen·on·cel

[pen-uh n-sel]

Origin of pennoncel

1350–1400; Middle English penonceal < Middle French penoncel, diminutive of penon pennon


or pen·sil

[pen-suh l]
  1. a small pennon, as at the head of a lance.
Also pen·non·cel, pen·on·cel [pen-uh n-sel] /ˈpɛn ənˌsɛl/.

Origin of pencel

1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, syncopated variant of penoncel pennoncel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pennoncel


pensel or pensil

  1. a small pennon, originally one carried by a knight's squire

Word Origin for pencel

C13: via Anglo-French from Old French penoncel a little pennon
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