- a small banner.
- a small banner
noun (in the Middle Ages)
- Also called: knight banneret a knight who was entitled to command other knights and men-at-arms under his own banner
- a title of knighthood conferred by the king for valour on the battlefield
c.1300, an order of knighthood, originally in reference to one who could lead his men into battle under his own banner. Later it meant one who received rank for valiant deeds done in the king’s presence in battle. Also “a small banner” (c.1300).