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[gahyd-n] /ˈgaɪd n/

noun, Military.
a small flag or streamer carried as a guide, for marking or signaling, or for identification.
the soldier carrying it.
a small pennant, used as a marker or standard, esp by cavalry regiments
the man or vehicle that carries this

“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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