Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small pennon, flag, or streamer borne on a lance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pencel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small pennon borne on a lance. See pencel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pennon
  • n. In heraldry, a very small flag resembling a pennon in shape and use.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small pennant borne on a lance

Etymologies

Middle English penoncel, from Old French, diminutive of penon, pennon; see pennon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French penoncel. See pennant. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This whole glittering army, at their head the King's great royal standard bearing the golden lilies of France quartered with the lions of England, and each troop guided by the square banner, swallow-tailed pennon or pointed pennoncel of their leader, came marching to the gates of Calais, above which floated the blue standard of France with its golden flowers, and with it the banner of the governor, Sir Jean de Vienne.

    A Book of Golden Deeds

  • England, and each troop guided by the square banner, swallow-tailed pennon or pointed pennoncel of their leader, came marching to the gates of Calais, above which floated the blue standard of France with its golden flowers, and with it the banner of the governor, Sir Jean de

    A Book of Golden Deeds

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  • The tip of his lance bore the token
    Of love both unbid and unspoken,
    And Merlin could tell
    By that bright pennoncel
    Both lance and his heart would be broken.

    For more on Gwen and Lance see ween.

    November 5, 2014

  • Or a tiny, abbreviated pencil.

    January 11, 2008

  • Just guessed this right on www.freerice.com. Who knew.

    January 11, 2008

  • Has the same root as pennant.

    October 31, 2007

  • a small pennant or flag carried at the end of a lance.

    October 31, 2007