Definition of pennant
1a : any of various nautical flags tapering usually to a point or swallowtail and used for identification or signalingb : 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
Examples of pennant in a Sentence
pennants waving atop the tower
The Red Sox won the American League pennant in 2004.
Recent Examples of pennant from the Web
Snyder, who went on to work for the Braves until 2007, credits Lucas with setting up the franchise for success in the early ’80s and even into the ’90s, when the team won five NL pennants and a World Series.
Third-base woes aside, the Red Sox seem likely to be in a pennant race all summer.
The Indians set a high bar for themselves last year by winning the AL pennant and reaching Game 7 of the World Series.
Travis has jumped into the middle of a pennant race for the Red Sox (25-21), who entered Friday three games back of the rival Yankees in the American League East.
Makes statistical analysis as fascinating as a pennant race.
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Origin and Etymology of pennant
alteration of pendant
First Known Use: 1698
PENNANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pennant for English Language Learners
: a long, thin, pointed flag
baseball : the prize that is awarded to the champions of the American League and the National League each year
PENNANT Defined for Kids
Definition of pennant for Students
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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