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 (gī′dŏn′, gīd′n)
1. A small flag or pennant carried as a standard by a military unit.
2. A soldier bearing such a flag or pennant.

[French, from Old French, from Old Italian guidone, from guidare, to guide, from Old Provençal guidar; see guide.]


1. (Military) a small pennant, used as a marker or standard, esp by cavalry regiments
2. (Military) the man or vehicle that carries this
[C16: from French, from Old Provençal guidoo, from guida guide]


(ˈgaɪd n)

1. a small military flag carried as a guide for signaling or identification.
2. a soldier carrying a guidon.
[1540–50; < Middle French < Italian guidone=guid(are) to guide + -one n. suffix]
References in classic literature ?
A spear's length in front of them sat the spare and long-limbed figure of Black Simon, the Norwich fighting man, his fierce, deep-lined face framed in steel, and the silk guidon marked with the five scarlet roses slanting over his right shoulder.
Prior information notice without call for competition: Clothing Commodity Team, which forms part of Team Leidos, is considering the potential requirement for the supply and repair of a range of Colours, Standards, Guidons, hand embroidered items and ancillaries.
De courageux conducteurs d'"ojek" (motos-taxis) tentaient de pousser leur mobylette dans les eaux limoneuses, d'oE ne depassaient que les guidons.