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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pennants waving atop the tower The Red Sox won the American League pennant in 2004.
Recent Examples on the Web Ryder’s writings sparked the fandom of an entire generation of Cincinnatians, and its influence has managed to last into the present day Prior to the ‘19 season, the Reds had never won a pennant. J. Scott Sewell,, "Guest TML: Forget the Black Sox. All that matters is the Reds won the 1919 World Series.," 10 Apr. 2020 In the modern game only one team has won a pennant with a bullpen ERA worse than 4.60: the 1997 Twins (5.11). Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 2018 The Astros were 2017 World Series champions and 2019 American League pennant winners. NBC News, "Star Houston Astros players apologize for sign-stealing scandal," 13 Feb. 2020 Matheny assumed the reigns from organizational legend Tony La Russa in November 2011 on the heels of a World Series title and led St. Louis to a pennant one season in 2013, although the Cards lost the World Series in six games to the Boston Red Sox. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Kansas City Royals hire Mike Matheny as manager," 31 Oct. 2019 Their playoff path was more of a struggle, beating wild-card Tampa Bay in the deciding Game 5 of the AL Division Series and then stopping the 103-win Yankees on Altuve’s pennant-winning homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World Series throw-down: Astros, Nats relying on rotations," 20 Oct. 2019 During the Dodgers’ drive to the pennant Sherry posted seven consecutive victories and saved three other games. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Dodgers win 1959 World Series," 8 Oct. 2019 For 52 years, nothing rivaled the emotions of winning the Triple Crown, the MVP and a Gold Glove all while leading the Boston Red Sox to an American League pennant for Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Yastrzemski family reunion takes place at Fenway, Carl describes emotions of Mike’s arrival," 17 Sep. 2019 Former Rangers players Neftali Feliz and Bengie Molina have also been immortalized outside of the Rangers’ new digs commemorating their celebration after clinching the American League pennant in 2010. Dallas News, "Watch: Pudge Rodriguez unveils his Rangers statue outside Globe Life Field," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of pennant was in 1698

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pennant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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