Bunting vs Pennant - What's the difference?

bunting | pennant |

As a proper noun bunting

is a botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist rh bunting (fl 1923).

As a noun pennant is

a flag normally used by naval vessels to represent a special condition.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?


Etymology 1

Possibly from dialect , hence the material used for that purpose.


(en noun)
  • Strips of material used as festive decoration, especially in the colours of the national flag.
  • (nautical) A thin cloth of woven wool from which flags are made; it is light enough to spread in a gentle wind but resistant to fraying in a strong wind.
  • Flags considered as a group.
  • Etymology 2



    (en noun)
  • Any of various songbirds, mostly of the genus Emberiza , having short bills and brown or gray plumage.
  • Derived terms
    * * corn bunting * indigo bunting * painted bunting * reed bunting * snow bunting

    Etymology 3

    See bunt


  • pennant



    (en noun)
  • A flag normally used by naval vessels to represent a special condition.
  • # The broad pennant flown by commodores.
  • # The church pennant indicating religious services are taking place aboard ship.
  • # The commissioning pennant flown on ceremonial occasions.
  • (sports) The winning of a competition, represented by a flag.
  • The New York Yankees have won the American League pennant far more often than any other team.
  • A rope or strap to which a purchase is hooked.
  • Usage notes

    Not to be confused with pedant (one overly concerned with correctness), nor with pendant (a piece of jewellery).