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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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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.
Prince Edward was the first of the royal party to take the field, and as he issued from the castle with his gallant company, banners and pennons streaming in the breeze and burnished armor and flashing blade scintillating in the morning sunlight, he made a gorgeous and impressive spectacle as he hurled himself upon the Londoners, whom he had selected for attack because of the affront they had put upon his mother that day at London on the preceding July.
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.
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.