pennant


pennant

noun

  1. a long, tapering flag or burgee of distinctive form and special significance, borne on naval or other vessels and used in signaling or for identification.
  2. any relatively long, tapering flag.
  3. a flag serving as an emblem of victory or championship, especially in baseball.
  4. Music. hook1(def 12a).
  5. Nautical. pendant(def 6).

noun

  1. a type of pennon, esp one flown from vessels as identification or for signalling
  2. mainly US, Canadian and Australian
    1. a flag serving as an emblem of championship in certain sports
    2. (as modifier)pennant cricket
  3. nautical another word for pendant (def. 5)
  4. same as flag 1 (def. 10)

n.1610s, “rope for hoisting,” probably a blend of pendant in the nautical sense of “suspended rope” and pennon. Use for “flag on a warship” first recorded 1690s; “flag symbolizing a sports championship” (especially baseball) is from 1880; as a synonym for “championship” it was first used 1915.

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