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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.


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]


(ˈpɛn ən)

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)


Fabric used especially as a symbol:


[ˈpenən] Npendón m
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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.