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[pen-uh nt] /ˈpɛn ənt/
a long, tapering flag or burgee of distinctive form and special significance, borne on naval or other vessels and used in signaling or for identification.
any relatively long, tapering flag.
a flag serving as an emblem of victory or championship, especially in baseball.
Music. hook1 (def 12a).
Nautical, pendant (def 6).
Origin of pennant
1605-15; blend of pennon and pendant
Can be confused
pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pennant
  • The pennant races may never be the same, as owners tamper with tradition to placate television.
  • TO be in a pennant race is to try to minimize the reality of a pennant race.
  • The pennant shall be spliced on a thimble and shackled into the bitter end of the top chain.
  • In baseball, it is considered poor form to watch for other teams' results on the scoreboard during a pennant race.
British Dictionary definitions for pennant


a type of pennon, esp one flown from vessels as identification or for signalling
(mainly US & Canadian, Austral)
  1. a flag serving as an emblem of championship in certain sports
  2. (as modifier): pennant cricket
(nautical) another word for pendant (sense 5)
same as flag1 (sense 10)
Word Origin
C17: probably a blend of pendant and pennon
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Word Origin and History for pennant

1610s, "rope for hoisting," probably a blend of pendant in the nautical sense of "suspended rope" and pennon. Use for "flag on a warship" first recorded 1690s; "flag symbolizing a sports championship" (especially baseball) is from 1880; as a synonym for "championship" it was first used 1915.

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irish pennant

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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