American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small flag or pennant carried as a standard by a military unit.
- n. A soldier bearing such a flag or pennant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small guiding flag or streamer, as that usually borne by each troop of cavalry or mounted battery of artillery, or used to direct the movements of infantry, or to signal with at sea. It is broad at the end next the staff and pointed, rounded, or notched at the other end.
- n. The officer carrying the guidon.
- n. The flag of a gild or fraternity.
- n. A small pennant or banner carried by infantry soldiers to direct troop movement.
- n. A soldier assigned to carry such a banner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small flag or streamer, as that carried by cavalry, which is broad at one end and nearly pointed at the other, or that used to direct the movements of a body of infantry, or to make signals at sea; also, the flag of a guild or fraternity. In the United States service, each company of cavalry has a guidon.
- n. One who carries a flag.
- n. One of a community established at Rome, by Charlemagne, to guide pilgrims to the Holy Land.
- From French guidon, from Italian guidone. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, from Old Italian guidone, from guidare, to guide, from Old Provençal guidar; see guide. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Cavalry flag - known as a "guidon" and with a distinctive swallow-tailed shape”
“Cavalry flag - known as a "guidon" for its swallow-tailed shape - had been the property of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which paid just $54 for it in 1895.”
“Cavalry flag-known as a "guidon" for its swallow-tailed shape-had been the property of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which paid just $54 for it.”
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