Definition of pennoncel in US English:

pennoncel

noun

  • A small pennon upon a helmet or lance; a pencel (now historical). Formerly also: †a pennon or pendant of a ship (obsolete).

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Gower (d. 1408), poet. From Anglo-Norman penuncel, pennuncel, penencel and Middle French penoncel, panoncel, pannoncel, pannuncel (plural penonciaus, penonceaulx, etc.; 1165 in Old French; Middle French, French panonceau) from penon + -cel, diminutive suffix. Compare post-classical Latin penuncellus, penonsellus, penoncellus, Old Occitan penoncel, Italian pennoncello.

Pronunciation

pennoncel

/ˈpɛnənsɛl/