1 historical A scarlet banner or knight's standard.
- ‘He had been standard bearer of the oriflamme of France.’
- 1.1 literary A principle or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle.
- ‘My calendar had become an oriflamme, inspiring me to try out my new grasp of the language.’
Late Middle English from Old French, from Latin aurum ‘gold’ + flamma ‘flame’.
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