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.

Definitions of pennant
  1. noun
    a flag longer than it is wide (and often tapering)
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    type of:
    flag, signal flag
    a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device
  2. noun
    a long flag; often tapering
    synonyms: pennon, streamer, waft
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    pennoncel, pennoncelle, penoncel
    a small pennant borne on a lance
    type of:
    emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
  3. noun
    the award given to the champion
    synonyms: crown
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    type of:
    accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
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