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 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the National League pennant on Sept. 2. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lauer’s magic works even after he leaves Padres’ victory over Dodgers," 26 Aug. 2019 The starting lineups from both teams then posed for a photo together with the pennants. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Thorns fans join Timbers fans in protesting ban on ‘Iron Front’ symbol, political displays," 25 Aug. 2019 The series victory came in the middle of a three-year run of AL pennants for the Athletics. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Curious timing in Athletics’ decision to honor 1989 World Series champs," 24 Aug. 2019 Nearly four decades later, a 12th World Series collision is plausible, though the Houston Astros might have something to say about the Yankees emerging with the American League pennant. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu are routed by Yankees in series opener," 23 Aug. 2019 The White Sox, cruising through a vacuum left by a surprisingly flat Yankee campaign and pursued by a fierce but ultimately feckless Cleveland Indians team, are closing in on the pennant. Stephen Hunter, National Review, "Baseball Plays at the Plate," 22 Aug. 2019 Mitchell and Clark were one of the most productive tandems in Giants history and the force behind the 1989 team that won San Francisco’s first pennant in 27 years. John Shea,, "Giants’ 1989 flashback: Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell a dynamic 1-2 punch," 9 Aug. 2019 Cindy accepted the commissioning pennant on behalf of her husband. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Cindy McCain, family celebrate 25th commissioning anniversary of USS John S. McCain," 2 July 2019 Coronel, whose office walls are decorated with pennants from college campuses across Virginia and beyond, set a plan in motion to help Garcia get into college. Washington Post, "‘They all kind of live through me’: What it means to be first in your family to go to college," 16 June 2019

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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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