ban·​de·​role ˈban-də-ˌrōl How to pronounce banderole (audio)
variants or banderol
: a long narrow forked flag or streamer
: a long scroll bearing an inscription or a device

Examples of banderole in a Sentence

during the festival this ancient Italian city is bestrewn with banderoles celebrating its illustrious medieval heritage
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Word History


earlier banaroll, bandrol, bannerall, borrowed from Middle French banderolle (16th century), bannerolle (15th century), probably borrowed from Italian banderuola (or an equivalent in Upper Italian), diminutive of bandiera "banner, pennant," borrowed from Old Occitan, from banda "troop, band entry 3" (or its source, Late Latin bandum "flag, standard") + -iera -er entry 2

Note: Old Occitan bandiera corresponds exactly in sense and suffixation to Old French baniere (see banner entry 1). Though the bases of each word are distinct, their derivatives have in effect coalesced. This is also true of other words derived ultimately from, on the one hand, Germanic *bannan- "call on, order, summon, etc.," and on the other, Gothic bandwo "sign, signal." Compare Italian bandire "to announce, proclaim, proscribe" (see bandit), overlapping in sense with Old French banir (see banish), both dependent in part on Medieval Latin bannīre, bandīre, with both forms.

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of banderole was in 1562

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Cite this Entry

“Banderole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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