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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Gonfalon  \Gon"fa*lon\,  Gonfanon  \Gon"fa*non\,  n.  [OE.  gonfanoun, 
  OF  gonfanon,  F.  gonfalon,  the  same  word  as  F.  confalon,  name 
  of  a  religious  brotherhood,  fr  OHG.  gundfano  war  flag;  gund 
  war  (used  in  comp.,  and  akin  to  AS  g[=u][eth])  +  fano  cloth, 
  flag;  akin  to  E.  vane;  cf  AS  g[=u][eth]fana.  See  {Vane}, 
  and  cf  {Confalon}.] 
  1.  The  ensign  or  standard  in  use  by  certain  princes  or 
  states,  such  as  the  medi[ae]val  republics  of  Italy,  and  in 
  more  recent  times  by  the  pope. 
  2.  A  name  popularly  given  to  any  flag  which  hangs  from  a 
  crosspiece  or  frame  instead  of  from  the  staff  or  the  mast 
  Standards  and  gonfalons,  'twixt  van  and  rear,  Stream 
  in  the  air.  --Milton.