- A kind of flag attached to a spear or pike by a crosspiece, and used by a chief as his standard in battle."Hang out our banners on the outward walls." [Shak.]
- A large piece of silk or other cloth, with a device or motto, extended on a crosspiece, and borne in a procession, or suspended in some conspicuous place.
- Any flag or standard; as, the star-spangled banner .
Etymology: OE. banere, OF. baniere, F. bannière bandière, fr. LL. baneria banderia, fr. bandum banner, fr. OHG. bant band, strip of cloth; cf. bindan to bind, Goth. bandwa bandwo, a sign. See Band (n.)