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
The oriflamme was a sacred banner used by the kings of France in the Middle Ages in times of great danger.
Charlemagne by the pope, but no historical text affords us any information with regard to this oriflamme, which is perhaps fabulous.
Viewers rooted for the Virginia kid with shaggy brown hair and glasses, who fidgeted with his hands as he spelled such words as "oriflamme" and "sophrosyne."
Orange: apricot (25); orange (qua orange); oriflamme; sunset, and tangerine;
Gilmour, the theme of many a minstrel song, commemorating achievements done under the oriflamme of Charles the Great, Emperor of France, have all consigned themselves to their last sleep, nor has their memory been sufficiently preserved from the waste of time.
(“Holy Coat” or Banner, the national oriflamme) at
He adds, that a pigeon brought the vial in his beak to anoint Clovis, and that an angel brought the oriflamme to conduct him: the prejudiced believed all the stories of this kind.
We have our oriflamme, our great standard, brought from heaven by an angel, and the holy phial by a pigeon; and, when to these we add the mantle of
“His hero, Des Esseintes, comes from a long line of grim, muscular warriors with yataghan mustaches.” oriflamme.
“And once again, her skirt, the oriflamme of her hair – but seen, as always, from the back.” madrepore.