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pen·non

 (pĕn′ən)
n.
1. A long narrow banner or streamer borne upon a lance.
2. A pennant, banner, or flag.
3. A pinion; a wing.

[Middle English, from Old French penon, streamer, feather of an arrow, augmentative of penne, feather, from Latin penna; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

pen′noned adj.

pennon

(ˈpɛnən)
n
1. (Heraldry) a long flag, often tapering and rounded, divided, or pointed at the end, originally a knight's personal flag
2. (Nautical Terms) a small tapering or triangular flag borne on a ship or boat
3. a poetic word for wing
[C14: via Old French, ultimately from Latin penna feather]

pen•non

(ˈpɛn ən)

n.
1. a distinctive flag in any of various forms, formerly one borne on the lance of a knight.
2. a pennant.
3. any flag or banner.
[1325–75; Middle English penon < Middle French, derivative of Old French pene < Latin penna or pinna feather. See pen1]
pen′noned, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pennon - a long flagpennon - a long flag; often tapering    
flag - emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
pennoncel, pennoncelle, penoncel - a small pennant borne on a lance
2.pennon - wing of a bird
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)

pennon

noun
Fabric used especially as a symbol:
Translations

pennon

[ˈpenən] Npendón m
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The walls of the apartment were so ill finished and so full of crevices, that the rich hangings shook in the night blast, and, in despite of a sort of screen intended to protect them from the wind, the flame of the torches streamed sideways into the air, like the unfurled pennon of a chieftain.
Your sentiments are perfectly noble, monsieur," said the directress, affecting to suppress a yawn; her sprightliness was now extinct, her temporary candour shut up; the little, red-coloured, piratical-looking pennon of audacity she had allowed to float a minute in the air, was furled, and the broad, sober-hued flag of dissimulation again hung low over the citadel.
The procession was led off by two venerable-looking savages, each provided with a spear, from the end of which streamed a pennon of milk-white tappa.
Upon those terms I come under the old flag, as you call it, and haul down my little pennon.
It goes to my heart that you should ride forth now a mere knight bachelor, when there is no noble in the land who hath so good a claim to the square pennon, save only that you have not the money to uphold it.
The Bohuns were one of the very few aristocratic families really dating from the Middle Ages, and their pennon had actually seen Palestine.
But these were broken again by the light toes of hundreds of gay fowl softly feathering the sea, alternate with their fitful flight; and like to some flag-staff rising from the painted hull of an argosy, the tall but shattered pole of a recent lance projected from the white whale's back; and at intervals one of the cloud of soft-toed fowls hovering, and to and fro skimming like a canopy over the fish, silently perched and rocked on this pole, the long tail feathers streaming like pennons.
Some intrepid larches waved green pennons in the very midst of the turbulent water, here and there a veteran lay with his many-summered head abased in the rocky course of the stream, and here was a young foolhardy beech that had climbed within a dozen yards of the rampart.
At last his Sail-broad Vannes He spreads for flight, and in the surging smoak Uplifted spurns the ground, thence many a League As in a cloudy Chair ascending rides Audacious, but that seat soon failing, meets A vast vacuitie: all unawares Fluttring his pennons vain plumb down he drops Ten thousand fadom deep, and to this hour Down had been falling, had not by ill chance The strong rebuff of som tumultuous cloud Instinct with Fire and Nitre hurried him As many miles aloft: that furie stay'd, Quencht in a Boggie SYRTIS, neither Sea, Nor good dry Land: nigh founderd on he fares, Treading the crude consistence, half on foot, Half flying; behoves him now both Oare and Saile.
They saw the galleys along the beach, which, lowering their awnings, displayed themselves decked with streamers and pennons that trembled in the breeze and kissed and swept the water, while on board the bugles, trumpets, and clarions were sounding and filling the air far and near with melodious warlike notes.
The beasts were hung with jeweled trappings and saddlepads of gay silk, embroidered in fanciful designs with strings of diamonds, pearls, rubies, emeralds, and the countless unnamed jewels of Mars, while from each chariot rose a dozen standards from which streamers, flags, and pennons fluttered in the breeze.
To the house at the head of the bridge there had been affixed three small banners, representing the king, the dauphin, and Marguerite of Flanders, and six little pennons on which were portrayed the Duke of Austria, the Cardinal de Bourbon, M.