- the ancient royal standard of France, a red silk banner with flame-shaped streamers
- any battle standard
- any symbol of courage or devotion
Origin of oriflammeFrench ; from Old French orieflambe ; from Classical Latin aurea flamma ; from aurum, gold (see east) + flamma, flame
- An inspiring standard or symbol.
- The red or orange-red flag of the Abbey of Saint Denis in France, used as a standard by the early kings of France.
Origin of oriflammeMiddle English oriflamble, banner of St. Denis, from Old French, variant of oriflambe, possibly from Medieval Latin aurea flamma, auriflamma (Latin aurea, feminine of aureus, golden, from aurum, gold + Latin flamma, flame; see flame) or alteration of Old French *lorie flambe (from Late Latin laurea flammula, laureled standard : Latin laurea, feminine of laureus, of laurel; see laureate + Latin flammula, banner, diminutive of flamma, flame).
- (history or historical) The red silk banner of St Denis, which the abbot of St Denis gave to French kings as they rode to war.
- (figuratively) Any banner, idea or principle which serves as a rallying point for those involved in a struggle.
- (literary) Something resembling the banner of St Denis; a bright, shining object.