What does vexillum mean?

Definitions for vexillumvɛkˈsɪl əm; vɛkˈsɪl ə

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Vexillum(noun)

    a flag or standard

  2. Vexillum(noun)

    a company of troops serving under one standard

  3. Vexillum(noun)

    a banner

  4. Vexillum(noun)

    the sign of the cross

  5. Vexillum(noun)

    the upper petal of a papilionaceous flower; the standard

  6. Vexillum(noun)

    the rhachis and web of a feather taken together; the vane

  7. Origin: [L., a standard, a flag.]


  1. Vexillum

    The vexillum was a flag-like object used as a military standard by units in the Ancient Roman army. The word is itself a diminutive for the Latin word, velum, sail, which confirms the historical evidence that vexilla were literally "little sails" i.e. flag-like standards. In the vexillum the cloth was draped from a horizontal crossbar suspended from the staff; this is unlike most modern flags in which the 'hoist' of the cloth is attached directly to the vertical staff. The bearer of a vexillum was known as a vexillarius or vexillifer. Just as in the case of the regimental colors or flag of Early Modern Western regiments, the vexillum was a treasured symbol of the military unit that it represented and it was closely defended in combat. It was however regarded as less important than a legion's aquila or eagle, and may have represented a sub-division of a legion, though this is not entirely clear from surviving sources.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vexillum

    vek-sil′um, n. in the ancient Roman army, a standard, the troop serving under such a standard: (eccles.) a processional banner: (bot.) the large posterior petal of a papilionaceous flower—also Vex′il; the web or vane of a feather:—pl. Vexill′a.—adjs. Vex′illar, Vex′illary.—ns. Vex′illary, Vex′illātor, a standard-bearer.—adj. Vex′illate, having vexilla.—n. Vexillā′tion, a company under one vexillum. [L., 'an ensign'—vehĕre, to carry.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vexillum in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vexillum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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