gonfalon definition

  • noun:
    • A banner suspended from a crosspiece, specially as a standard in an ecclesiastical procession or due to the fact ensign of a medieval Italian republic.
    • a typical or ensign, composed of a-pole with a crosspiece that a banner is suspended, especially as found in chapel processions, but in addition for civic and military show.
    • The ensign or standard in use by certain princes or states, such as the mediæval republics of Italy, and in more recent times by the pope.
    • A name popularly directed at any flag which hangs from a crosspiece or framework instead of through the staff or the mast it self.
    • Originally, a banderole or little pennon attached to a lance or spear; an ensign or standard, particularly one having two or three streamers or tails, fixed on a frame made to change like a ship's vane, or suspended from a cross-yard, such as the case associated with papal or ecclesiastical gonfalon. See labarum.

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