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 2010s was their first decade without a pennant since the 1910s. James Wagner, New York Times, "Yankees Clinch Playoff Berth in Pandemic-Shortened Season," 20 Sep. 2020 While the Los Angeles Dodgers are head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the National League, there’s no consensus favorite to win the AL pennant. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: With 2 weeks left in the season, the White Sox have as good a shot as any team in the American League of making the World Series," 12 Sep. 2020 That Killed, the definitive account of Chapman’s death and the 1920 American League pennant race. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Joe Sewell’s big-league debut, 100 years later," 10 Sep. 2020 The Dodgers won the 2018 NL pennant but were 30-30 after their first 60 games. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Fast start looms large as Rockies enter weird, wild 2020 MLB season," 23 July 2020 In fact, the last major political statement in baseball was in 1984, when it was revealed that three-fifths of the starting rotation of the pennant-winning San Diego Padres were members of the John Birch Society. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Republicans Still Don’t Know How to Run Against Biden," 28 Aug. 2020 The team is at 4.1% to win the pennant and 1.4% to win the World Series. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "MLB playoff odds: Can Arizona Diamondbacks make the 2020 MLB postseason?," 22 Aug. 2020 The New York Knights won a pennant at the Rockpile when Roy Hobbs hit a walk-off home run for the ages that exploded the stadium lights and lit out for the territories. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Buffalo Blue Jays? Team's home away from home has a long baseball history," 11 Aug. 2020 The game, which is widely considered the most iconic in Coors Field history and propelled the Rockies to a National League pennant run, will air twice on the network on Wednesday. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "MLB Network to air Rockies’ Game 163 triumph over Padres as part of “Walkoff Wednesday”," 21 Apr. 2020

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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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24 Sep 2020

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“Pennant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pennant

: a long, thin, pointed flag
baseball : 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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