Definition of banderole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbandərəʊl/
(also banderol)


1A long, narrow flag with a cleft end, flown at a masthead.
1.1 historical An ornamental streamer on a knight’s lance.
1.2A ribbon-like 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.’
1.3A rectangular banner carried at the funerals of public figures and placed over the tomb.


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

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