gui·​don | \ ˈgī-ˌdän How to pronounce guidon (audio) , -dᵊn \

Definition of guidon

1 : a small flag especially : one borne by a military unit as a unit marker
2 : one who carries a guidon

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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, "The Mysterious Death of a Muslim Marine Recruit," 11 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of guidon

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guidon

Middle French, from guide

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“Guidon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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