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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Synonyms for pennant


banderole (or banderol), banner, colors, ensign, flag, guidon, jack, pendant (also pendent) [chiefly British], pennon, standard, streamer

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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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But in order to draw the fan base to pay to keep that core together, the Reds needed to win big – a National League pennant or a World Series. John Fay,, "Reds spending during free agency doesn't make sense, for now," 10 Feb. 2018 Kevin Towers, the general manager who delivered to Padres fans a National League pennant and three other division titles, died early Tuesday after a long fight with cancer. Dennis Lin,, "Kevin Towers, who guided the San Diego Padres to the World Series, dies at 56," 30 Jan. 2018 Also, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who played 27 games for the Tigers in 2003, will manage the American League team by virtue of managing the AL pennant winners last season. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "4 ex-Detroit Tigers named to 2018 MLB All-Star teams in Washington," 8 July 2018 Towers was not only an architect of four of the franchise’s five playoff teams, one of them a pennant winner, but a Padres ambassador who connected with fans and media as no Padres executive has. Tom Krasovic,, "All this Padres losing wouldn't sit well with Kevin Towers," 11 May 2018 Like Callaway, the former Cleveland pitching coach, the Phillies’ Gabe Kapler is a first-time major league manager who came from one of those recent pennant-winners. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Want to See the Starting Pitcher? Don’t Arrive Late," 4 Apr. 2018 His evolution into the spokesman of a pennant winner required him to overcome physical limitations, answer challenges from manager Dave Roberts and process the sting of failure on the game's grandest stage. Andy Mccullough,, "How Kenley Jansen became one of Dodgers' most respected leaders," 2 Mar. 2018 Had the luck waited a week longer to exhaust itself, those Mets would have had a Commissioner’s Trophy to pair with their pennant. Jack Dickey,, "The New York Mets Could Try to Rebuild, But Why Would We Trust Them to Do That?," 11 June 2018 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

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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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