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pennant

[pen-uh nt] /ˈpɛn ənt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any relatively long, tapering flag.
3.
a flag serving as an emblem of victory or championship, especially in baseball.
4.
Music. hook1 (def 12a).
5.
Nautical, pendant (def 6).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; blend of pennon and pendant
Can be confused
pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit.
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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

pennant

/ˈpɛnənt/
noun
1.
a type of pennon, esp one flown from vessels as identification or for signalling
2.
(mainly US & Canadian, Austral)
  1. a flag serving as an emblem of championship in certain sports
  2. (as modifier): pennant cricket
3.
(nautical) another word for pendant (sense 5)
4.
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
n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for pennant

pennant

Related Terms

irish pennant


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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