Oriflamme meaning

ôrə-flăm, ŏr-
The red or orange-red flag of the Abbey of Saint Denis in France, used as a standard by the early kings of France.
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The ancient royal standard of France, a red silk banner with flame-shaped streamers.
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Any battle standard.
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Any symbol of courage or devotion.
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An inspiring standard or symbol.
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(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.
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(figuratively) Any banner, idea or principle which serves as a rallying point for those involved in a struggle.
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(literary) Something resembling the banner of St Denis; a bright, shining object.
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Origin of oriflamme

  • 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 flame) or alteration of Old French lorie flambe (from Late Latin laurea flammula laureled standard) (Latin laurea) (feminine of laureus of laurel laureate) (Latin flammula banner) (diminutive of flamma flame)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French oriflambe, oriflamme, from Medieval Latin auriflamma (“golden flame”), from Latin aurum (“gold”) + flamma (“flame”).

    From Wiktionary