Please note that the Editors consider this term to be both contradictory and confusing, and suggest therefore, considerable caution before use.
1) A term sometimes used to describe a miniature banner; this is often (but
not invariably) straight-sided and swallow-tailed, is designed to be displayed
vertically and usually shows emblems of both national and local significance (see
‘emblem, general’ and
2) A medieval term, now obsolete, for a knight entitled to lead men into
battle – a knight banneret – whose armigerous lance pennon was square-ended, or for the group of knights so lead –
a banneretus (see also
‘lance pennon 1)’
Lance Pennon of Sir Robert Knolles. Knight Banneret c1360, England
BANNERETTE (or BANERETTE)
1) A small ceremonial banner decorating a set of bagpipes, a drum or a trumpet
– a drum banner, pipe banner or a trumpet banner or tabard (see also
The term - and a direct translation of the German "bannerhaupt" -
in German language vexillology - to describe the usually (but not invariably)
white area of field that may appear at the head of a hanging flag or a banner
and almost invariably bearing a civic or regional coat of arms (see also
‘hanging flag’ and
Bannerole (or single quartering) from the Arms of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch d1687
Please note - not be confused with banderole (see
1) The heraldic term for a horizontal stripe that is rarely borne singly,
and which in strict heraldic practice should occupy about one-fifth the width
of a shield, a banner of arms or any quartering thereof – but see note b)
and compare with ‘fess’ (also
2) In vexillology see ‘stripe(s)’.
3) In UK military usage and in some others, the metal clasp which is added to a medal ribbon to indicate a second award of that same medal, or the battle, campaign or reason for its award.
Notes a) In vexillology a fess and a bar are regarded as almost synonymous.
b) With regard to 1), in strict heraldic usage there is a size difference between
a bar and a fess (as listed herein), and that a fess should be confined to the centreline of the field
whereas a bar or bars need not.
1) The heraldic term used when describing the leaves of a rose - but see ‘seeded’ and its following note (also
‘garnished’) 2) A heraldic term
also used to describe the metal point of an arrow
or of a spear, particularly when these are of a different tincture - but see ‘shafted’ (also ‘hafted’,
An accurate but seldom used translation (balken meaning a “balk, “bar” or “beam” of
wood) of the German term balkenkreuz - see ‘balkenkreuz’.
In UK usage, one of a number of varying flags (usually a banner of arms)
which are flown from the ceremonial barges of London’s livery companies (see
also ‘banner of arms’, and
‘boat flag 3)’).
Barge Flag/Banner of Arms of The Worshipful Company of Fletchers, London UK
Please note that in British RN and some other usage, the small boat carrying a vessel’s
commander, or a flag officer, is called the captain’s, commodore’s or admiral’s “barge”, but
that any rank flag or ensign flown from it is invariably called a “boat” flag as referenced
Alternative heraldic terms for a narrow horizontal stripe that is rarely bourn singly, which is often
to be seen as a barrulet wavy and which in strict heraldic practice should occupy one-quarter the
width of a bar or about one-twentieth the width of a shield, a banner of arms or any quartering
thereof – a barrelet, barrully or bracelet (see also
‘barry’, ‘filet’ and