pen·​nant ˈpe-nənt How to pronounce pennant (audio)
: any of various nautical flags tapering usually to a point or swallowtail and used for identification or signaling
: a flag or banner longer in the fly than in the hoist
especially : one that tapers to a point
: 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 on the Web One fan smuggled in enough snow to build a snowman in a vacant box seat, a blue-and-white pennant in its icy grasp. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 27 Jan. 2024 The crew helped the Dodgers win four National League pennants and the 1981 World Series. Garvey, who played in Major League Baseball for the Dodgers and Padres from 1969 to 1987, was acclaimed for his defensive skills. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 22 Jan. 2024 The lost to the Texas Rangers in five games this season in a surprise appearance for Arizona, as the team was the worst team to get into the postseason, but went on a memorable run to the National League pennant. The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2024 The purple eyes of the Ravens logo on car windows have disappeared along with the purple pennants on automobile antennas. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 Sure, the Mets abandoned the pennant race a month ago, but the American League West version is flourishing in Flushing. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 In Bavasi’s 18 years as the team’s GM, the Dodgers won eight NL pennants (1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965 and 1966) and four World Series titles (1955, 1959, 1963 and 1965). Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 That hasn’t kept Vegas from making the Reds one of the bigger longshots to win the National League pennant, never mind the World Series — only four NL teams have longer odds, according to BetMGM. The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2024 Boring doesn’t sell, and the Yankees cannot even pretend to be pushing for a pennant. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 20 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of pendant

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of pennant was in 1698

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“Pennant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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pen·​nant ˈpen-ənt How to pronounce pennant (audio)
: a flag with a usually tapering or forked tail that is used especially for signaling
: a flag that serves as the emblem of championship

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