A pennant is a long flag that tapers at one end. You might see a pennant flying on a navy ship, being waved in the crowd of spectators at a baseball game, or hanging on a sporty kid’s bedroom wall.

Nautical pennants were the original triangular or tapered flags, and they are still flown on most active warships. Sporting pennants also have a long history, and were once commonly given as prizes or trophies and waved by fans in the stands at high school and college sporting events. Sports teams can still win a pennant, but pennants are often purchased as souvenirs at games and wind up on fans’ walls.

Primary Meanings of pennant

a flag longer than it is wide (and often tapering)
the award given to the champion
Full Definitions of pennant

n a flag longer than it is wide (and often tapering)

Type of:
flag, signal flag
a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device

n a long flag; often tapering

pennon, streamer, waft
pennoncel, pennoncelle, penoncel
a small pennant borne on a lance
Type of:
emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design

n the award given to the champion

Type of:
accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

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