gonfalon (GŎN-fə-lŏn)


Definition (Noun) A banner or ensign, frequently composed of or ending in several tails or streamers, suspended from a cross-bar instead of being directly fastened to the pole, especially as used by various Italian republics or in ecclesiastical processions. In Context "At a critical moment the brave old sea-dog was seen erect in his armour on the prow of his galley, the gonfalon of St. Mark unfurled before him." Thomas Okey, The Story of Venice, 1905.