a flag hanging from a crosspiece instead of an upright staff, usually ending in streamers; esp., such a standard of any of the medieval republics of Italy
Origin of gonfalonFrench from Old French gonfanon, banner from Frankish an unverified form gundfano, battle standard (akin to Old English guthfana) from gund, battle (akin to Old English guth: see defend) + fano (OE fana), banner: see fanon
A banner suspended from a crosspiece, especially as a standard in an ecclesiastical procession or as the ensign of a medieval Italian republic.
Origin of gonfalonItalian gonfalone of Germanic origin ; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.
From Italian gonfalone.