oriflamme

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oriflamme a red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings
    • n oriflamme an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oriflamme A standard or ensign, in battle. "A handkerchief like an oriflamb .""And be your oriflamme to-day the helmet of Navarre."
    • Oriflamme The ancient royal standard of France.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oriflamme The banner of St. Denis, supposed to have been a plain red gonfalon — that is, a banderole of two or three points attached to a lance. It was preserved in the abbey of St. Denis near Paris, and in war was carried before the king of France as a consecrated flag (compare church banner, under church) and as the special royal ensign.
    • n oriflamme In heraldry, a blue flag or banner charged with three golden fleurs-de-lis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oriflamme or′i-flam a little banner of red silk split into many points, borne on a gilt staff—the ancient royal standard of France.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. oriflamme, OF. oriflambe, LL. auriflamma,; L. aurum, gold + flamma, flame; cf. L. flammula, a little banner. So called because it was a flag of red silk, split into many points, and borne on a gilded lance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. auriflamma—L. aurum, gold, flamma, a flame.

Usage

In literature:

Hang not out that new Oriflamme, flame not of gold but of the want of gold!
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
In this grand Oriflamme Expedition, Four of the Royal-Saxon Bastards altogether.
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIII. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--First Silesian War, Leaving the General European One Ablaze All Round, Gets Ended--May, 1741-July, 1742." by Thomas Carlyle
The Army of the Oriflamme gets home in this sad manner; Germany not cut in Four at all.
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIV. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Surrounding European War Does Not End--August, 1742-July, 1744" by Thomas Carlyle
A procession of all the gentlemen of France, with their oriflammes waving red before the eye.
"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo
Where the Oriflamme should stand If Villon were the King of France!
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Various
To you, Geoffrey de Chargny, I intrust the oriflamme this day.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
At length, however, Jeffrey de Charny was killed, and the oriflamme fell.
"Saint George for England" by G. A. Henty
Churm's blank check seemed to wave in the air like an oriflamme of victory.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
The owner of this oriflamme looked like a young Scandinavian god.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
Then Malone burst into an oriflamme of anger.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
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In poetry:

I wait and watch: before my eyes
Methinks the night grows thin and gray;
I wait and watch the eastern skies
To see the golden spears uprise
Beneath the oriflamme of day!
"The Waiting" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

New Oriflamme fire table is a show stopper.
For many Americans, the photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising served as an oriflamme and a reminder of the sacrifices and courage of the American servicemen.
New Oriflamme fire table is a show stopper .
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