Definition of pennon in English:



  • less common term for pennant
    • ‘From the top, a large metal tower protruded, replete with viewing platforms and a proud pennon snapping in the sea breeze.’
    • ‘Built of bright white stone and rose-cream tile, its towers had soared to the skies, golden pennons snapping from tall spires in a display of flamboyant self-assuredness.’
    • ‘Each ‘man’ in the target also holds a pennon for windage.’
    • ‘The voices of the crew began to overlap and layer on top of one another, a rising cacophony of co-ordinated sound, moving the vast airship towards a tall tower that flew a proud pennon.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from a derivative of Latin penna ‘feather’.