Definitions

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

  • n. A narrow flag, streamer, or pennon, especially one carried at the top of a lance or spear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small, narrow flag or streamer borne at the top of a lance; -- called also pennoncel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of pencil.
  • n. A small pennon or streamer attached to a staff, spear, or lance.

Etymologies

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

Middle English, from Old French penoncel, diminutive of penon, pennon; see pennon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman pencel, reduced form of penuncel.

Examples

  • And thats when the point on his pencel broke and then we got up and went out.

    Flowers for Algernon

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