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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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or•i•flamme(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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|Noun||1.||oriflamme - an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle|
|2.||oriflamme - a red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings|
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