Pen"nant (?), n. [OE. penon, penoun, pynoun, OF. penon, F. pennon, fr. L. penna feather. See Pen a feather, and cf. Pennon, Pinion.] Naut.
- A small flag; a pennon. The narrow, ∨ long, pennant (called also whip or coach whip) is a long, narrow piece of bunting, carried at the masthead of a government vessel in commission. The board pennant is an oblong, nearly square flag, carried at the masthead of a commodore's vessel.
"With flags and pennants trimmed." Drayton.
- A rope or strap to which a purchase is hooked.
© Webster 1913.