Definitions

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

  • n. A narrow forked flag or streamer attached to a staff or lance or flown from a ship's masthead.
  • n. A representation of a ribbon or scroll bearing an inscription.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A little banner, flag, or streamer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little banner, flag, or streamer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small flag or streamer.
  • n. In heraldry, a streamer affixed immediately beneath the crook on the top of the staff of a bishop, and folding over the staff.
  • n. A long narrow streamer with cleft ends, carried at the masthead of ships, as in battle, etc.
  • n. A band of various form adapted to receive an inscription, used in decorative sculpture and other decorative art, especially of the Renaissance period.
  • n. Also written bannerol.

Etymologies

French, from Italian banderuola, diminutive of bandiera, banner, from Vulgar Latin *bandāria; see banner.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The banderole was a small flag of yellow silk, with a red moon in the centre, and on the face of the moon a white cross.

    The Prince of India — Volume 02

  • But tonight ... tonight he cursed that cruelly traitorous strand, that hoary banderole of mortality that waved so thoughtlessly from an otherwise dark temple; that skinny, silver scroll upon which was written in letters bold enough for all of nature to read, an invitation to the burial mound.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • In addition to the frog tongue, in whose banderole she painted a fly, Ellen Cherry gave Boomer the black, bumpy tongue of a chow dog.

    Skinny Legs and All

  • The sector monitor issued the customary challenge; the corvette, disdaining response other than to break out a long serpent-tongue banderole, landed with insolent carelessness on the roof of the Grand Palace.

    The Languages of Pao

  • At the top, a pretty banderole, which appears at first sight to form a part of the _ensemble_ of the curves, completes the design.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891

  • The choicest tapestries which the looms of Arras could furnish draped the walls, whereon the battles of Judas Maccabaeus were set forth, with the Jewish warriors in plate of proof, with crest and lance and banderole, as the naive artists of the day were wont to depict them.

    The White Company

  • No plume or nobloy fluttered from his plain tilting salade, and even his lance was devoid of the customary banderole.

    The White Company

  • Judas Maccabaeus were set forth, with the Jewish warriors in plate of proof, with crest and lance and banderole, as the naive artists of the day were wont to depict them.

    The White Company

  • A second squire held aloft his master's lance, from the extremity of which fluttered a small banderole, or streamer, bearing a cross of the same form with that embroidered upon his cloak.

    Ivanhoe

  • The choicest tapestries which the looms of Arras could furnish draped the walls, whereon the battles of Judas Maccabaeus were set forth, with the Jewish warriors in plate of proof, with crest and lance and banderole, as the naïve artists of the day were wont to depict them.

    The White Company

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