Definition of banderole in English:

Share this entry


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'.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.