I. noun 1. a long, narrow flag with a cleft end, flown at a masthead. 2.
‹historical› an ornamental streamer on a knight’s lance.
3. a ribbon-like stone scroll bearing an inscription. 4. a rectangular banner carried at the funerals of public figures and placed over the tomb.
– origin mid 16th cent.: from French, from Italian banderuola, diminutive of bandiera ‘banner’.