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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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 Earl Weaver, who won four pennants with the Baltimore Orioles between 1968 and 1986, tracked how his hitters fared against every opposing pitcher. Bruce Schoenfeld, New York Times, "The Mets Try the Personal Touch," 25 Apr. 2018 The Big Red Machine's bill of particulars: five seasons, four division crowns, three pennants, two World Series titles. Jon Wertheim,, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018 The buzz: Hall of Famer led Detroit to one championship and three pennants... Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Greatest Detroit Tigers player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT," 11 June 2018 LOUIS — Red Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday. Houston Chronicle, "Red Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer," 6 June 2018 As of Monday, there were more than 900 items on eBay, including decals, stickers, hats, pins, earrings, cards, patches, hoodies, pennants and banners showing the toothy, wide-eyed, smiling mascot. Marc Bona,, "Chief Wahoo bobbleheads, other merchandise hot item on eBay," 5 Feb. 2018 One night after his grand slam powered Boston to a win over the Houston Astros in Game 3, Bradley hit a go-ahead, two-run blast in the sixth inning of Game 4 on Wednesday to put the Red Sox on the brink of a pennant. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Jackie Bradley Jr. Lifts the Red Sox to the Brink of a Pennant," 18 Oct. 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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