Definition of oriflamme in English:


Pronunciation /ˈôrəflam/ /ˈɔrəflæm/


  • 1historical A scarlet banner or knight's standard.

    • ‘He had been standard bearer of the oriflamme of France.’
    1. 1.1literary 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’.