pennant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pennant a long flag; often tapering
    • n pennant the award given to the champion
    • n pennant a flag longer than it is wide (and often tapering)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pennant (Naut) A small flag; a pennon. The narrow pennantorlong pennantcalled also whip or coach whip) is a long, narrow piece of bunting, carried at the masthead of a government vessel in commission. The board pennant is an oblong, nearly square flag, carried at the masthead of a commodore's vessel. "With flags and pennants trimmed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pennant A flag long in the fly as compared with its hoist. Especially— A flag many times as long as it is wide: also called streamer and coach-whip. Its proper place is at the mainroyalmast-head of a man-of-war when in commission.
    • n pennant A pointed or swallow tailed flag having its fly about twice its hoist, used especially to denote the rank of the commanding or senior officer on board the ship when it is hoisted: also called broad pennant.
    • n pennant Any flag taken us an emblem of superiority, particularly in athletic contests.
    • n pennant Nautical, a short piece of rope to which a tackle is hooked. See pendant, 5 .
    • n pennant In musical notation, the hook or stroke that distinguishes an eighth-, sixteenth-, or thirty-second-note from a quarter-note.
    • n pennant See the qualifying words.
    • n pennant Same as Irish pendant (which see, under pendant).
    • n pennant In geology, a local name for a series of sandstones, barren of coal, which are found between the upper and lower coal-measures of South Wales: as, Pennant grit, Pennant stone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pennant pen′ant a flag many times as long as it is wide: a streamer: a long narrow piece of bunting at the mast-heads of war-ships
    • Pennant Also Penn′on
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. penon, penoun, pynoun, OF. penon, F. pennon, fr. L. penna, feather. See Pen a feather, and cf. Pennon Pinion

Usage

In literature:

Above my door and on over Hansen's they had the pennant with Fram in big letters.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Hope has perched on my white hat and sits there waving its feather like a pennant.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
From one of its huge chimneys a pennant of smoke waved hospitably.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
They are ribbon-like in tenuousness, and to casual glance they give the impression of long, narrow pennants softly waving in a gentle breeze.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Helen, see that lovely green dragon pennant!
"Betty Wales Freshman" by Edith K. Dunton
In Pennant's time (1793) the original goldsmith's shop seems to have still existed in Fleet Street, in connection with this bank.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Then they were in sight of a white birch, to the top of which was fastened a long streamer, like a pennant.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
He had seen our flags off Benita, but had not troubled to read the message, as he saw the answering pennant flying from the Lighthouse.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
A couple of rather pretentious pictures hung on the walls, otherwise decorated with pennants.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
But it was cool; the beginning constant night breeze fluttered the window curtains and swayed the pennants of smoke from the cigars.
"The Bright Shawl" by Joseph Hergesheimer
See those slender pennants waving?
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
In 1874 the Bostons again won the pennant, their success being due to team work.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
Troop One's the only team we're afraid of, but we've simply got to lick them and nab the pennant.
"Under Boy Scout Colors" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
With the broad pennant fluttering at the main, and all sails spread, we soon lost sight of the anchorage.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
The girls were very proud of the gorgeous pennant when it was completed.
"Molly Brown's Sophomore Days" by Nell Speed
Some day you'll be a Giant, perhaps, and help win the pennant.
"A Little Book of Christmas" by John Kendrick Bangs
Here the double-reefed mainsail was "squatted" and the fourth reef-pennant hauled down.
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis
He now hoisted the English ensign and pennant, and stood boldly on.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
Then a pleasure yacht, with pennants flying, came into view.
"Saboteurs on the River" by Mildred A. Wirt
Waitin' there for us was our darlin' hostess and Messenger, the two leaders in the pennant race.
"Gullible's Travels, Etc." by Ring W. Lardner
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In poetry:

“Now what shall I bring for a bridal gift
When my home-bound pennant flies?
The rarest that be on land or sea
It shall be my lady’s prize.”
"The Constitution's Last Fight" by James Jeffrey Roche
Lo! here her progeny of steel and steam,
A funnelled monster at her mooring swings:
Still, in our hearts, we see her pennant stream,
And "Well done, Captain," like a trumpet rings.
"The Captain" by John McCrae
The peopled Lake, of song, and lively cheer,
And Boatswain's whistle bears the jovial sound;
While rosy pennants, floating on the air,
Tinge the soft seas of glass, that sleep around.
"Hoyle Lake" by Anna Seward
Demons and death then I sing;
Put in all, aye all, will I—sword-shaped pennant for war, and banner
so broad and blue,
And a pleasure new and extatic, and the prattled yearning of
children,
"Sing Of The Banner At Day-Break" by Walt Whitman
How slowly learns the child at school
The names of all the nobs that rule
From Ponsonby to Pennant;
Ere his bewildered mind find rest,
Knowing his host can be a Guest,
His landlord is a Tennant.
"Songs Of Education: IV. Citizenship" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Cease, cease, my foolish babe,
What you are saying is sorrowful to me—much it displeases me;
Behold with the rest, again I say—behold not banners and pennants
aloft;
But the well-prepared pavements behold—and mark the solid-wall'd
houses.
"Sing Of The Banner At Day-Break" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Tigers take AL pennant chase to NY.
It's Hard To Buy A Pennant These Days.
Can the American League East even be called a two-team pennant race yet.
Mets in pennant race, NASA out of space race.
Mariners' knees go weak with pennant envy.
For most of the Seattle Mariners, watching a pennant race has proven a bit unnerving.
Now that the trade deadline has passed and we know what the rosters will look like for the stretch drive, it's obvious the Atlanta Braves are going to be in one heck of a pennant race in the NL for the next two months.
A rare case of pennant fever.
Mike Hessman hits No 34 as RedHawks stay in pennant chase.
US Open Tennis, College Football and the AL Central Pennant Race.
The best tennis players in the world, the start of the college football season and the MLB pennant races highlight the Labor Day weekend offerings.
Detroit could be celebrating a pennant later this afternoon.
Sports Professional Tigers close in on pennant with 2-1 win over Yanks.
St Louis closes in on NL pennant .
The Rangers win the Pennant .
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