- the ancient royal standard of France, a red silk banner with flame-shaped streamers
- any battle standard
- any symbol of courage or devotion
Origin: Fr < OFr orieflambe < L aurea flamma < aurum, gold (see east) + flamma, flame
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- 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).