Definition of banderole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbandəˌrōl/
(also banderol)


1A narrow flaglike object, in particular.
Example sentences
  • A charming infant St John twines up in one corner with his olive-twig cross and his Agnus Dei banderole.
  • The old ritual demanded that a pine tree be cut down and decorated with flower garlands and banderoles before its setting up in the temple.
1.1A long, narrow flag with a cleft end, flown at a masthead.
1.3A ribbonlike stone scroll bearing an inscription.
Example sentences
  • The banderole bears the inscription ‘Asperges Me Hyssopo,’ a phrase from Psalm 51: 7.
  • The tympanum over the center door is carved with a representation of Jesus, flanked by angels, and standing on a banderole inscribed: ‘I am the door’.
  • The text on the banderole on the left reads (in translation), ‘a welcome meal for a guest who has come from afar,’ above which in smaller characters is, ‘written for the owner of the Western Garden.’


Mid 16th century: from French, from Italian banderuola, diminutive of bandiera 'banner'.

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Syllabification: ban·de·role

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