1. A short, heavy cape of coarse cloth formerly worn outdoors.
a. A tunic or capelike garment worn by a knight over his armor and emblazoned with his coat of arms.
b. A similar garment worn by a herald and bearing his lord's coat of arms.
3. An embroidered pennant attached to a trumpet.
[Middle English, from Old French, of unknown origin.]
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