from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A narrow flag, streamer, or pennon, especially one carried at the top of a lance or spear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small, narrow flag or streamer borne at the top of a lance; -- called also pennoncel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of pencil.
- n. A small pennon or streamer attached to a staff, spear, or lance.
Middle English, from Old French penoncel, diminutive of penon, pennon; see pennon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman pencel, reduced form of penuncel. (Wiktionary)