Archaic a small pennon, or narrow flag
Origin of pencelMiddle English ; from Anglo-Fr, contr. ; from Old French penoncel, diminutive of penon, pennon
A narrow flag, streamer, or pennon, especially one carried at the top of a lance or spear.
Origin of pencelMiddle English, from Old French penoncel, diminutive of penon, pennon; see pennon.
- (now historical) A small pennon. [from 13th c.]
From Anglo-Norman pencel, reduced form of penuncel.