Definitions for oriflammeˈɔr əˌflæm, ˈɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•i•flammeˈɔr əˌflæm, ˈɒr-(n.)

  1. the red banner of St. Denis, near Paris.

    Category: Western History

  2. any ensign, banner, or standard that serves as a rallying point or symbol.

    Category: Western History

Origin of oriflamme:

1425–75; late ME oriflam < MF oriflamme, OF, =orie golden +flammeflame

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oriflamme(noun)

    an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle

  2. oriflamme(noun)

    a red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings


  1. oriflamme(Noun)

    The red silk banner of St Denis, which the abbot of St Denis gave to French kings as they rode to war.

  2. oriflamme(Noun)

    Any banner, idea or principle which serves as a rallying point for those involved in a struggle.

  3. oriflamme(Noun)

    Something resembling the banner of St Denis; a bright, shining object.

  4. Origin: From oriflambe, oriflamme, from auriflamma, from aurum + flamma.


  1. Oriflamme

    The Oriflamme was the battle standard of the King of France in the Middle Ages. It was originally the sacred banner of the Abbey of St. Denis, a monastery near Paris. In French, the term "oriflamme" has come to mean any banner with pointed ends; by association with the form of the original.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Oriflamme

    the ancient banner of the kings of France, borne before them as they marched to war; it was a red flag mounted on a gilded staff, was originally the banner of the abbey of St. Denis, and first assumed as the royal standard by Louis VI. as he marched at the head of his army against the Emperor Henry V. in 1124, but one hears no more of it after the battle of Agincourt in 1415, much as it was at one time regarded as the banner of the very Lord of Hosts.

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