[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. 1 (def 12a).
Nautical. (def 6).
a type of pennon, esp one flown from vessels as identification or for signalling
(mainly US & Canadian, Austral)

(nautical) another word for pendant (sense 5)
same as flag1 (sense 10)

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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