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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).]


(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]


(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]
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


Fabric used especially as a symbol:
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