gui·​don ˈgī-ˌdän How to pronounce guidon (audio)
: a small flag
especially : one borne by a military unit as a unit marker
: one who carries a guidon

Examples of guidon in a Sentence

each army command unit flew a different color guidon, though they were all the same shape
Recent Examples on the Web The next night, Ahmed's toes were crushed with a guidon. Alex French, Esquire, 11 Jan. 2017

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Word History


Middle French, from guide

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guidon was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Guidon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


gui·​don ˈgīd-ˌän How to pronounce guidon (audio)
: a small flag (as of a military unit)

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