(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.