vexillum

noun
vex·​il·​lum | \ vek-ˈsi-ləm How to pronounce vexillum (audio) \
plural vexilla\ vek-​ˈsi-​lə How to pronounce vexilla (audio) \

Definition of vexillum

1 : a square flag of the ancient Roman cavalry
2 : the web or vane of a feather

First Known Use of vexillum

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vexillum

Latin; akin to Latin velum curtain, awning

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vexillum

Time Traveler for vexillum

Time Traveler

The first known use of vexillum was in 1726

See more words from the same year

Statistics for vexillum

Cite this Entry

“Vexillum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vexillum. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on vexillum

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with vexillum

Comments on vexillum

What made you want to look up vexillum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!