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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Synonyms for guidon


banderole (or banderol), banner, colors, ensign, flag, jack, pendant (also pendent) [chiefly British], pennant, pennon, standard, streamer

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Examples of guidon in a Sentence

each army command unit flew a different color guidon, though they were all the same shape

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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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The first known use of guidon was in 1530

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