AskDefine | Define pennant

Dictionary Definition



1 the award given to the champion [syn: crown]
2 a flag longer than it is wide (and often tapering)
3 a long flag; often tapering [syn: pennon, streamer, waft]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A flag normally used by naval vessels to represent a special condition: as
    the broad pennant flown by commodores
    the church pennant indicating religious services are taking place aboard ship
    the commissioning pennant flown on ceremonial occasions
  2. A flag representing the championship of a baseball league.
  3. The championship of a baseball league.

Usage notes

Not to be confused with pedant - one overly concerned with correctness, nor with pendant - a piece of jewelry.


Extensive Definition

Pennant may refer to:
  • Pennon (or pennant), a narrow, tapering flag commonly flown by ships at sea:
    • Pennant (commissioning), the traditional sign of a warship, flown from its masthead while the ship is in commission
    • Broad pennant, flown from the masthead of a Royal Navy ship to indicate the presence of a commodore on board
    • Pennant (church), flown by navies during services on board ships
  • Pennant number, a number used to identify ships by the modern Royal Navy and other navies of Europe and the Commonwealth
Pennant may also refer to:
Pennant is the surname of
pennant in Danish: Vimpel
pennant in German: Wimpel
pennant in Esperanto: Vimplo
pennant in Lithuanian: Gairelė
pennant in Dutch: Wimpel
pennant in Japanese: ペナント
pennant in Polish: Wimpel
pennant in Finnish: Viiri

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dannebrog, Jolly Roger, Old Glory, Star-Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes, Union Flag, Union Jack, and blue, banderole, banner, banneret, black flag, blue ensign, bunting, burgee, coachwhip, color, colors, ensign, flag, gonfalon, gonfanon, guidon, house flag, jack, long pennant, merchant flag, national flag, oriflamme, pendant, pennon, pennoncel, red, red ensign, royal standard, signal flag, standard, streamer, swallowtail, tricolor, vexillum, white
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