guidon

[gahyd-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:
1540–50; < Middle French < Italian guidone, equivalent to guid(are) to guide + -one noun suffix

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guidon (ˈɡaɪdən)
 
n
1.  a small pennant, used as a marker or standard, esp by cavalry regiments
2.  the man or vehicle that carries this
 
[C16: from French, from Old Provençal guidoo, from guidaguide]

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guidon
"small flag," 1548, from M.Fr., from It. guidone "battle standard," from guidare "to direct, guide," from O.Prov. guidar (see guide).
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Example sentences
The gloried guidon of the day, a shelter through the night.
Each regiment will have a silken standard, and each company a silken guidon.
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