Standard-bearer


Standard-bearer
Standard-bearer of Firefighters Corps of Paraná State - Brazil.

A standard-bearer is a person (soldier or civilian) who bears an emblem called an ensign or standard, i.e. either a type of flag or an inflexible but mobile image, which is used (and often honoured) as a formal, visual symbol of a state, prince, military unit, etc.

This can either be an occasional duty, often seen as an honour (especially on parade), or a permanent charge (also on the battle-field); the second type has even lead in certain cases to this task being reflected in official rank titles such as Ensign and Cornet.

Many terms exist, often specifying the type of standard borne (in various cases named in parentheses after the bearer).

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In antiquity

Pre-hellenistic

  • pharaonic nome-emblems (many also the name of such province)

Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine

  • Aetos
  • Aquilifer (Aquila)
  • Bandifer (Bandum)
  • Discens aquilifer(or)um, - signiferorum : trainee
  • Draconarius (Draco, 'dragon) - one of them could be selected Optio Draconarius; ... Bearcus Draconarius ...
  • Imiginifer (Imago) ?5 original images : Aper = boar, Equus = horse, Minotaur(us), ?Tabula ansata : winged boar, Taurus = bull ...
  • Ornithoboros
  • Semaforus < Semaphoros (Semion?)
  • Signifer (Signum) - one of them could be selected as Signifer princeps
  • Tablifer - guards cavalry (?Tabula ansata : winged boar)
  • Vexillifer (Vexillum)

Cfr. also :

  • Adiutor signorum
  • Aedes
  • Antesignanus
  • Aquilae natalis
  • Deposita ad signa
  • Labarum
  • Postsignanus
  • Vexillatio

Olympic

Team USA marches in the parade of athletes around BC Place stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 12, 2010, in Vancouver. The athlete standard-bearer is Mark Grimmette

Feudal

Ottoman

  • Sancaktar

Modern

  • Prince Henry Sixtus of Borbon Parma is considered by many Carlists to be the Standard Bearer of tradition.



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Synonyms:
(of infantry), (of cavalry),


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  • Standard bearer — Standard Stand ard ( [ e]rd), n. [OF. estendart, F. [ e]tendard, probably fr. L. extendere to spread out, extend, but influenced by E. stand. See {Extend}.] 1. A flag; colors; a banner; especially, a national or other ensign. [1913 Webster] His… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • standard bearer — standard bearers also standard bearer N COUNT: usu with supp If you describe someone as the standard bearer of a group, you mean that they act as the leader or public representative of a group of people who have the same aims or interests.… …   English dictionary

  • standard-bearer — standard .bearer n formal 1.) an important leader in a moral argument or political group 2.) a soldier in past times who carried the ↑standard (=flag) at the front of an army …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • standard-bearer — ► NOUN 1) a soldier carrying the standard of a unit, regiment, or army. 2) a leading figure in a cause or movement …   English terms dictionary

  • standard-bearer — [stan′dərdber΄ər] n. 1. the person assigned to carry the standard, or flag, of a group, esp. of a military organization 2. the leader or chief representative of a movement, political party, etc …   English World dictionary

  • standard-bearer — standard ,bearer noun count 1. ) a person or organization that leads a group of people who have similar ideas, interests, or aims 2. ) a soldier who marches at the front of an army carrying its flag …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • standard-bearer — noun a) A person who carries a flag or banner (a standard). The standard bearer in battle is in the center of the front line so the following troops know where to go; unfortunately, it also shows the enemy where to shoot. b) A person who visibly… …   Wiktionary

  • standard-bearer — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms standard bearer : singular standard bearer plural standard bearers 1) a person or organization that leads a group of people who have similar ideas, interests, or aims 2) a soldier who marches at the front of an …   English dictionary

  • standard-bearer — noun Date: 15th century 1. one who bears a standard or banner 2. one that leads an organization, movement, or party < a standard bearer for political reform > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • standard-bearer — see standard bearer …   English dictionary


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