pen·​nant | \ ˈpe-nənt How to pronounce pennant (audio) \

Definition of pennant

1a : any of various nautical flags tapering usually to a point or swallowtail and used for identification or signaling
b : a flag or banner longer in the fly than in the hoist especially : one that tapers to a point
2 : a flag emblematic of championship (as in a professional baseball league) also : the championship itself

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Examples of pennant in a Sentence

pennants waving atop the tower The Red Sox won the American League pennant in 2004.
Recent Examples on the Web The Cubs presented Bryant with a 2016 World Series championship pennant and a replica No. 17 panel — his uniform number in Chicago — from Wrigley Field’s vintage center-field scoreboard., 10 Sep. 2021 During the New York Yankees’ Great Transformation from a .500 club to a pennant contender again, Aaron Judge has largely been their reliable, constant presence. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2021 Unfortunately for the Orioles, those accolades came in baseball’s downtime between the late-July trade deadline and the September pennant races. Jon Meoli,, 26 Aug. 2021 The Phillies won 4-1, but Pittsburgh went on to capture the NL pennant. Creg Stephenson |, al, 25 Aug. 2021 The Phillies won 4-1 for their 10th straight victory, but Pittsburgh went on to capture the NL pennant. Paul Newberry, ajc, 24 Aug. 2021 Smith played for the Dodgers from 1976-81 and was probably the best player on the 1977-78 NL pennant teams. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 With the Cubs now realistic pennant contenders, the big question was whom would President Jed Hoyer acquire by July 30 for the stretch run. Paul Sullivan,, 3 Aug. 2021 Francona, 62, has managed Cleveland for the past nine seasons, leading the team to three AL Central titles and one American League pennant. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021

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First Known Use of pennant

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pennant

alteration of pendant

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The first known use of pennant was in 1698

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13 Sep 2021

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“Pennant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pennant

: a long, thin, pointed flag
: the prize that is awarded to the champions of the American League and the National League each year


pen·​nant | \ ˈpe-nənt How to pronounce pennant (audio) \

Kids Definition of pennant

1 : a narrow pointed flag used for identification, signaling, or decoration
2 : a flag that serves as the emblem of a championship

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