American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inspiring standard or symbol.
- n. The red or orange-red flag of the Abbey of Saint Denis in France, used as a standard by the early kings of France.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The banner of St. Denis, supposed to have been a plain red gonfalon — that is, a banderole of two or three points attached to a lance. It was preserved in the abbey of St. Denis near Paris, and in war was carried before the king of France as a consecrated flag (compare
church banner, under church) and as the special royal ensign.
- n. In heraldry, a blue flag or banner charged with three golden fleurs-de-lis.
- n. history The red silk banner of St Denis, which the abbot of St Denis gave to French kings as they rode to war.
- n. figuratively Any banner, idea or principle which serves as a rallying point for those involved in a struggle.
- n. literary Something resembling the banner of St Denis; a bright, shining object.
- n. an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle
- n. a red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings
- From Old French oriflambe, oriflamme, from Medieval Latin auriflamma ("golden flame"), from Latin aurum ("gold") + flamma ("flame"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English oriflamble, banner of St. Denis, from Old French, variant of oriflambe, possibly from Medieval Latin aurea flamma, auriflamma (Latin aurea, feminine of aureus, golden, from aurum, gold + Latin flamma, flame; see flame) or alteration of Old French *lorie flambe, from Late Latin laurea flammula, laureled standard (Latin laurea, feminine of laureus, of laurel; see laureate + Latin flammula, banner, diminutive of flamma, flame). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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