pennoncel

or pen·on·cel

[ pen-uh n-sel ]
/ ˈpɛn ənˌsɛl /

noun

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Origin of pennoncel

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

Definition for pennoncel (2 of 2)

pencel

or pen·sil

[ pen-suh l ]
/ ˈpɛn səl /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for pennoncel

pencel

pensel or pensil

/ (ˈpɛnsəl) /

noun

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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