Definition of Oriflamme

1. Noun. An inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle.




2. Noun. A red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings.
Generic synonyms: Banner, Standard
Geographical relationships: France, French Republic

Definition of Oriflamme

1. Noun. (history) The red silk banner of St Denis, which the abbot of St Denis gave to French kings as they rode to war. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) Any banner, idea or principle which serves as a rallying point for those involved in a struggle. ¹

3. Noun. (literary) Something resembling the banner of St Denis; a bright, shining object. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Oriflamme

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Oriflamme

orifex
orifexes
orifice
orifice of external acoustic meatus
orifice of inferior vena cava
orifice of internal acoustic meatus
orifice of superior vena cava
orifices
orificial
orificium
orificium internum uteri
orificium ureteris
oriflamme (current term)
oriflammes
origami
origamic
origamic architecture
origamilike
origamis
origamist
origamists
origane
origanes
origans

Literary usage of Oriflamme

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of Friedrich II, of Prussia: Called Frederick the Great by Thomas Carlyle (1900)
"... advancing to reinforce the oriflamme, had to split himself in two; and become an ... oriflamme ..."

2. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"... established and attractive, when he was invited to succeed Clement in the catechetical school, though but 18 years old, and younger oriflamme (Lat. ..."

3. Memoirs of the Emperor Napoleon: From Ajaccio to Waterloo, as Soldier by Laure Junot Abrantès (1901)
"... Buffon's Country House — Suppression of News in the Journals — First Performance of the oriflamme — Bernard in St. Pierre, and Jean Jacques Rousseau. ..."

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