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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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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The Yankees are 2-to-1 favorites to win the American League pennant, with the Houston Astros next at 5-to-2, followed by the Twins at 4-to-1, according to Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Twins’ Derek Falvey, Thad Levine are keepers," 29 June 2019 Looking for some help in a pennant race or the post-season? Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Giants ride Bumgarner’s 11 strikeouts to win over Rockies," 25 June 2019 The Red Sox went 104-50 and won the American League pennant for the first time since 1918, finishing 12 games ahead of the second-place Detroit Tigers. Globe Staff,, "Boston and St. Louis have a long history in championship play," 27 May 2019 The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after winning the National League pennant. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox, Dodgers Prove Money Still Matters in Baseball," 22 Oct. 2018 It was held in September and early October instead of June’s relatively barren sports calendar, conflicting with high school, college and pro football, in the midst of baseball pennant races. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Women’s soccer’s journey from promise of 1999 to reality of 2019," 11 June 2019 Long considered the lovable underdog to their main rivals, the Giants, the Swallows have fielded an impressive team in the last few years, even winning a pennant in 2015. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Take Me Out to the Japanese Ball Game," 24 Aug. 2018 The crowd of 31,175 sat through the rain after a nice tribute to the 1993 team that went from worst to first to win the National League pennant a quarter-century ago. Bob Brookover,, "Tommy Hunter throws two pitches for first save | Extra Innings," 11 June 2018 The Tigers’ odds to win the American League pennant have shortened from 150-1 on March 28 to 80-1 odds on Tuesday, according to Bovada. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' World Series odds 'improve' from worst to 150-1," 1 May 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 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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