from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inspiring standard or symbol.
- n. The red or orange-red flag of the Abbey of Saint Denis in France, used as a standard by the early kings of France.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The red silk banner of St Denis, which the abbot of St Denis gave to French kings as they rode to war.
- n. Any banner, idea or principle which serves as a rallying point for those involved in a struggle.
- n. Something resembling the banner of St Denis; a bright, shining object.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The banner of St. Denis, supposed to have been a plain red gonfalon — that is, a banderole of two or three points attached to a lance.
- n. In heraldry, a blue flag or banner charged with three golden fleurs-de-lis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle
- n. a red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings
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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French oriflambe, oriflamme, from Medieval Latin auriflamma ("golden flame"), from Latin aurum ("gold") + flamma ("flame"). (Wiktionary)