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ˈpɛn ənpen·non

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pennant, pennon, streamer, waftnoun

    a long flag; often tapering

  2. pennon, pinionnoun

    wing of a bird


  1. pennonnoun

    A thin triangular flag or streamer, especially as hung from the end of a lance or spear.

    Etymology: penun, penoun, from penne + -on diminutive suffix.

  2. pennonnoun

    A pennant; a long pointed streamer or flag on a vessel.

    Etymology: penun, penoun, from penne + -on diminutive suffix.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pennonnoun

    a wing; a pinion

    Etymology: [See Pennant.]

  2. Pennonnoun

    a pennant; a flag or streamer

    Etymology: [See Pennant.]


  1. Pennon

    A pennon was one of the principal three varieties of flags carried during the Middle Ages. Pennoncells and streamers or pendants are minor varieties of this style of flag. The pennon is a flag resembling the guidon in shape, but only half the size. It does not contain any coat of arms, but only crests, mottos and heraldic and ornamental devices. Pennon comes from the Latin penna meaning "a wing" or "a feather". It was sometimes pointed, but more generally forked or swallow-tailed at the end. In the 11th century, the pennon was generally square, one end being decorated with the addition of pointed tongues or streamers, somewhat similar to the oriflamme. During the reign of Henry III, the pennon acquired the distinctive swallow-tail, or the single-pointed shape. Another version of the single-pointed pennon was introduced in the 13th century. In shape this was a scalene triangle, obtained by cutting diagonally the vertically oblong banner. The pennon was a purely personal ensign. It was essentially the flag of the knight bachelor, as apart from the knight banneret, carried by him on his lance, displaying his personal armorial bearings, and set out so that they stood in correct position when he couched his lance for charging. A manuscript of the 16th century in the British Museum, which gives detailed particulars as to the size, shape and bearings of the standards, banners, pennons and pennoncells, says "a pennon must be two yards and a half long, made round at the end, and contain the arms of the owner," and warns that "from a standard or streamer a man may flee but not from his banner or pennon bearing his arms." A pennoncell was a diminutive pennon carried by the esquires.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pennon

    pen′on, n. a flag, a medieval knight-bachelor's ensign: a long narrow flag: a pinion or wing.—ns. Penn′oncelle, a small flag like a pennon; Penn′oncier, a knight-bachelor.—adj. Penn′oned, bearing a pennon. [Cf. Pennant.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pennon

    (Fr.). Formerly a copper wing of a long, light arrow (vireton), substituted for a feather.

  2. pennon

    In former times was something like a banner, but with the addition of a triangular point, charged with arms, and borne before knights-bachelors.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pennon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pennon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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    cloth coverings wrapped around something (as a wound or a baby)
    • A. swathing
    • B. congius
    • C. defilement
    • D. allogamy

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