Definition of guidon in US English:



  • A pennant that narrows to a point or fork at the free end, especially one used as the standard of a light cavalry regiment.

    • ‘With all due respect, I'd also like to remind Major General Tait that the colors red and white are the colors of a cavalry guidon, just as dark blue and white are the colors of an infantry guidon.’
    • ‘The change should not affect daily operations, but will be apparent in the units) new designations, flags, guidons, colors, and insignias.’
    • ‘Lt. Col. Michael Fortanas relinquished command of the 730th by passing the guidon to Colonel Robertson, who passed it to Master Sgt.’
    • ‘The men of the Australian Light Horse have been honoured at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance with a commemorative service and a handover of regimental guidons to the shrine's trustees.’
    • ‘The history of 30th Signal Battalion changed Oct.16, 2002, when it reorganized under an Army directive and added a different guidon to its roster.’
    • ‘British cavalry standards and guidons are made of crimson silk embroidered with the appropriate regimental badges and insignia and battle honours.’
    • ‘I did this for over a year prior to taking command, so when the time came for me to accept the guidon, I had already digested my own thoughts, opinions, and ideas concerning how I wanted to do business.’
    • ‘The Royal Yeomanry band played the Regimental Anthem as we all marched along with the Squadron's guidon, or colours, swords and guns with fixed bayonets.’
    • ‘The parade will involve soldiers from throughout the nation, past and present equipment and a gathering of all the army's colours, guidons, banners and standards along with the first public parade of the new Army Banner.’
    • ‘A guidon is traditionally carried by cavalry units in battle and marks the rally point for the troops before commencing the battle.’
    • ‘Waiting until the day you receive the guidon is, I would argue, too late.’
    • ‘Representing the Marine Corps, LTG Robert M. Shea, director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems for The Joint Staff, hung the streamer on each unit's guidon.’
    • ‘The old Yeomanry guidon and uniforms are displayed in the museum there.’
    • ‘Army Reserve Capt. Scott Pierce, commander A Co., 2nd Battalion, 417th Regiment, Waterbury Conn., displays his company guidon with the assistance of Golden Knight Sgt. 1st Class Brent Dixon.’
    • ‘The ceremony ended with the band playing while the unit guidon was unveiled for the assembly.’
    • ‘There, the 45th Infantry Brigade will pass the guidon to the 34th Division this year.’
    • ‘The book completes Wittenberg's literary efforts to bring to life the ‘trials and tribulations of the horse soldiers who followed Custer's guidon.’’
    • ‘We lost one man to a mortal injury and several were wounded; of the enemy, several were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner, and five guidons were captured.’
    • ‘But I think it's more likely that it will have only a tangential operational effect, and that there are more than enough lieutenants willing to carry on OBL's guidon.’
    • ‘It's important for the outgoing commander to help the unit to understand that when the guidon is passed, there should be a transfer of loyalty.’
    banner, standard, ensign, pennant, pennon, banderole, streamer, jack
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Mid 16th century: from French, from Italian guidone, from guida ‘a guide’.