pencel

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman pencel, reduced form of penuncel.

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Noun[edit]

pencel (plural pencels)

  1. (now historical) A small pennon. [from 13th c.]
    • 1483, Richard III, “(letter to Piers Courteis)”, in Letters of the Kings of England[1], published 1846, page 153:
      [] forty trumpet banners of sarsenet; seven hundred and forty pensills; three hundred and fifty pensills of tarter; four standards of sarsenet with boars; []
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 86:
      Inside Worcester Cathedral, the coffin was transferred to its hearse, a vast, storeyed, wooden structure, painted black and adorned with heraldic escutcheons, badged pennants or ‘pencels’, silk standards of St George, banners of the royal arms of England and Spain, and of Arthur's various titles, from Wales to Ponthieu in Normandy.
  2. (obsolete) A lady's favour or token as worn by a knight. [15th-16th c.]

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Reducd form of penuncel.

Noun[edit]

pencel m (oblique plural penceaus or penceax or penciaus or penciax or pencels, nominative singular penceaus or penceax or penciaus or penciax or pencels, nominative plural pencel)

  1. pencel, a small banner

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