pennant

noun

pen·​nant ˈpe-nənt How to pronounce pennant (audio)
1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

pennants waving atop the tower The Red Sox won the American League pennant in 2004.
Recent Examples on the Web The pennant race was over by then — the Yankees would host Cincinnati in the World Series opener that Wednesday — and, as every Yankees fan knows, there was doubt to the record’s legitimacy. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2022 The Dodgers are the favorites to win the NL pennant, but don’t sleep on the New York Mets. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2022 Some say the Giants clinching the NL West pennant on Sunday — a lucky date for their first division title in nine years — is the only way this year’s run could have ended. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Oct. 2021 Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series to spark Philadelphia’s improbable run to the pennant and a shot at its first World Series championship since 2008. Dan Gelston, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2022 Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run home run in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series to spark Philadelphia's improbable run to the pennant and a shot at its first World Series championship since 2008. Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2022 Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series to spark Philadelphia’s improbable run to the pennant and a shot at its first World Series championship since 2008. Dan Gelston, ajc, 24 Oct. 2022 Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series to spark Philadelphia's improbable run to the pennant and a shot at its first World Series championship since 2008. CBS News, 23 Oct. 2022 Rhys Hoskins also hit a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series to spark Philadelphia’s improbable run to the pennant and a shot at its first World Series championship since 2008. Dan Gelston, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Pennant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pennant. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

pennant

noun
pen·​nant ˈpen-ənt How to pronounce pennant (audio)
1
: a flag with a usually tapering or forked tail that is used especially for signaling
2
: a flag that serves as the emblem of championship

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