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guidon

[gahyd-n] /ˈgaɪd n/
noun, Military
1.
a small flag or streamer carried as a guide, for marking or signaling, or for identification.
2.
the soldier carrying it.
Compare colorbearer.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Middle French < Italian guidone, equivalent to guid(are) to guide + -one noun suffix
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  • The gloried guidon of the day, a shelter through the night.
  • Each regiment will have a silken standard, and each company a silken guidon.
British Dictionary definitions for guidon

guidon

/ˈɡaɪdən/
noun
1.
a small pennant, used as a marker or standard, esp by cavalry regiments
2.
the man or vehicle that carries this
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old Provençal guidoo, from guidaguide
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Word Origin and History for guidon
n.

"small flag," 1540s, from Middle French guidon (16c.), from Italian guidone "battle standard," from guidare "to direct, guide," from Old Provençal guidar (see guide (v.)).

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