gonfalon(redirected from gonfalons)
A banner suspended from a crosspiece, especially as a standard in an ecclesiastical procession or as the ensign of a medieval Italian republic.
1. (Historical Terms) a banner hanging from a crossbar, used esp by certain medieval Italian republics or in ecclesiastical processions
2. (Heraldry) a battle flag suspended crosswise on a staff, usually having a serrated edge to give the appearance of streamers
[C16: from Old Italian gonfalone, from Old French gonfalon, of Germanic origin; compare Old English gūthfana war banner, Old Norse gunnfani]
gon•fa•lon(ˈgɒn fə lən)
1. a banner suspended from a crossbar, often with several streamers or tails.
2. a standard, esp. one used by the medieval Italian republics.
[1585–95; < Italian gonfalone < Middle French gonfalon, gonfanon, Old French gunfanun < Frankish *gundfano; compare Old High German gund, Old English gūth battle, Old High German, Old Saxon fano cloth, flag (see vane)]