pen·nant | \ ˈpe-nənt \

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.

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The next year, of course, came the Wild Card and pennant and the year after that a world championship. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The swings and misses of George Brett's turn as the Royals' hitting coach," 8 July 2018 The Reds scored another run to win the game and the pennant before falling to the A's in seven games in the World Series. Jon Wertheim,, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018 This Cubs team still looks capable of winning more than 91 games, the NL Central and maybe even the pennant and World Series. David Haugh,, "Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati should be viewed as a blip, not a red flag," 25 June 2018 At Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, an outdoor statue of Julius Caesar held a huge hockey stick and team pennant. Mary Forgione,, "Las Vegas has Golden Knights fever. Tickets for Stanley Cup Final games go on sale Friday," 24 May 2018 Odds and ins: Though neither team was leading its division Monday, the Cubs and Dodgers were co-favorites at 4-1 to win the NL pennant on Paul Sullivan,, "Days off give Joe Maddon chance to reconfigure Cubs pitching rotation," 2 July 2018 On old baseball adage used to say the teams in first place on July 4 would win the pennant. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB playoff outlook: Astros, Red Sox are locks, but for 10 teams, it's wait 'til next year," 29 May 2018 And the other guys, the Sox, who an emotional Rick Burleson told me had to be the greatest team ever to not win the pennant. Staff,, "'14 Back': The Epic 1978 Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry To Be Featured in Upcoming SI TV Documentary," 10 May 2018 In Detroit, the Tigers lost 119 games in 2003 but won the pennant in 2006. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The Royal Way back: How Dayton Moore intends to build his second championship team | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

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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