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 (ôr′ə-flăm′, ŏr′-)
1. An inspiring standard or symbol.
2. The red or orange-red flag of the Abbey of Saint Denis in France, used as a standard by the early kings of France.

[Middle English oriflamble, banner of St. Denis, from Old French, variant of oriflambe, possibly from Medieval Latin aurea flamma, auriflamma (Latin aurea, feminine of aureus, golden, from aurum, gold + Latin flamma, flame; see flame) or alteration of Old French *lorie flambe (from Late Latin laurea flammula, laureled standard : Latin laurea, feminine of laureus, of laurel; see laureate + Latin flammula, banner, diminutive of flamma, flame).]
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(Historical Terms) a scarlet flag, originally of the abbey of St Denis in N France, adopted as the national banner of France in the Middle Ages
[C15: via Old French, from Latin aurum gold + flamma flame]
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(ˈɔr əˌflæm, ˈɒr-)

1. the red banner of St. Denis, near Paris.
2. any ensign, banner, or standard that serves as a rallying point or symbol.
[1425–75; late Middle English oriflam < Middle French oriflamme, Old French, =orie golden + flamme flame]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oriflamme - an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggleoriflamme - an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle
symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization, symbol - something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
2.oriflamme - a red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings
banner, standard - any distinctive flag
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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Fabric used especially as a symbol:
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References in classic literature ?
"If I had my wish, it would be to fall so--not, mark you, in any mere skirmish of the Company, but in a stricken field, with the great lion banner waving over us and the red oriflamme in front, amid the shouting of my fellows and the twanging of the strings.
A procession of all the gentlemen of France, with their oriflammes waving red before the eye.
Jo is still the brilliant, shining oriflamme which can inspire us.
"And, of course, we had the two excellent speakers." Old school shows of the past were also recalled with a singalong culminating in a rendition of the school song Oriflamme.
Oriflamme was denounced from "about seventeen pulpits", suppressed by the College Council, and Glover's permission to use university premises was revoked'.
They are Geoffrey Young, whose independent press The Figures published many of Rodefer's most memorable works, and Benjamin Friedlander, who collaborated with him on the chapbook Oriflamme Day (1984) and shared his fondness for satire and literary hijinks.
This concert also gives us the opportunity to once again collaborate with Oriflamme and conductor Antoine Mitchell.
Mill advances his harm principle as an oriflamme of individual liberty but it is clearly arguable that he leaves several questions unresolved, such as what exactly comprises harm and how such harm is to be proven.
In an ordinance concerning the coronation of his son Philip Augustus, it is declared that the mantle, the chaussures, and the oriflamme are to be sown with fleur-de-lis, as described by the poet Rigord:
"The more votes our MPs can gain, the more their oriflamme, capability and credibility will be and they can work better," Supreme Leader said after casting his vote in the early hours of the run-off parliamentary elections in Iran on Friday.