oriflamme definition by Webster's New World
- the ancient royal standard of France, a red silk banner with flame-shaped streamers
- any battle standard
- any symbol of courage or devotion
Origin: French ; from Old French orieflambe ; from Classical Latin aurea flamma ; from aurum, gold (see east) plush flamma, flame
oriflamme definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle 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).