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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In the years after his departure (in a trade for center fielder Aaron Rowand that made room at first base for Ryan Howard), the club went on a run that included five division titles, two National League pennants and a World Series championship. Scott Lauber,, "How Phillies' Pat Neshek (remember him?) could boost bullpen | Extra Innings," 14 June 2018 During his time in the Reds rotation, the club won four division titles, two National League pennants and two World Series championships. Dave Clark,, "Norman, Bristol join Dunn in Reds Hall of Fame class," 7 Feb. 2018 The Los Angeles Dodgers dropped below the threshold for the first time since 2012 and won their second straight NL pennant — but lost the World Series for the second consecutive year. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Teams, agents wonder whether slow market will repeat," 7 Nov. 2018 There are few if any aces on the trade market this summer, but even someone like veteran Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ would go a long way toward stabilizing the rotation for a pennant run. Staff,, "Midseason Roundtable: The SI Staff Makes Some Second-Half Predictions," 11 July 2018 SportsPulse: The Boston-New York clash is as strong as ever after the Red Sox's signing of the slugging outfielder, as both teams are primed for a pennant run. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball rankings, strategies for AL hitters," 19 Mar. 2018 Before 1995, only one postseason series stood in the way of the pennant. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Boston Red Sox: Greatest Season of All Time?," 29 Oct. 2018 Festooned with collegiate pennants and wooden Oxbridge crests, Harry’s proved the perfect backdrop for Rowing Blazer’s irreverent Ivy League-meets-Brit-public-school collection, alongside an exclusive capsule of HNYB merchandise. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "Rowing Blazers Fetes Its New Collection at Storied Parisian Cocktail Spot Harry’s New York Bar," 18 Jan. 2019 Under Schoendienst's low-key leadership, the Cards won pennants in 1967-68, with pitcher Bob Gibson and speedster Lou Brock among the key players. Houston Chronicle, "Red Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer," 6 June 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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