AskDefine | Define vexillum

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Diminutive of vēlum "a sail"


  1. flag, banner


Extensive Definition

The vexillum (plural - vexilla) was a flag-like object used in the Classical Era of the Roman Empire. The vexillum resembles the modern flag; however, the cloth is draped vertically from a horizontal edge, unlike the horizontally-flown flags most used today.
Nearly all of the present-day regions of Italy preserve the use of the vexillum; these are among the few instances of such usage in modern times.

See also

  • Vexillology, or the study of flags, which derives its name from this word.
  • Vexilla Regis, early Christian hymn whose first line uses this word.
  • Vexilla, a genus of snail.
vexillum in German: Vexillum
vexillum in Spanish: Vexillum
vexillum in French: Vexillum
vexillum in Italian: Vexillum
vexillum in Latin: Vexillum
vexillum in Russian: Вексиллум
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