noun gon·fa·lon·ier \¦gänfəˌlä¦ni(ə)r, -lə¦n-\

Definition of gonfalonier



  1. 1 :  one who bears the gonfalon :  standard-bearer; specifically :  a papal official at Rome who bears the standard of the church

  2. 2 :  the chief magistrate or other official of any of several republics in medieval Italy

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Origin and Etymology of gonfalonier

Italian gonfaloniere, from Old Italian, from Old French gonfanonier, gonfalonier, from gonfanon, gonfalon + -ier -er

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