- (context, historic) The red silk banner of w:Denis, St Denis, which the abbot of St Denis gave to French kings as they rode to war.
- (figurative) Any banner, idea or principle which serves as a rallying point for those involved in a struggle.
Etymology: From Old French oriflambe, oriflammeFrench, oriflamme, in medieval Latin auriflamma, "golden flame", from aurum, gold, + flamma, flame.
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