- AFFRONTANT (or AFFRONTษ)
- See respectant in appendix V.
Flag of Marrum/Westernijkerk, The Netherlands (fotw)
- 1) See appendix V.
- 2) The heraldic term also used when a charge, such as a helmet, house or ship, is shown with
its front towards the observer.
Flag of M๘re og Romsdal, Norway (fotw);
Flag and Arms of Strizivojna, Croatia (fotw);
Flag of Hersberg, Switzerland (fotw); Flag of
With regard to 1) please note this term is not to be confused with affrontant
see respectant and its following note in appendix V.
- A term sometimes (incorrectly) used in place of the heraldic term inflamed or its alternatives see
Arms and Flag of Vimeiro, Portugal (Sergio Horta)
- AFTER SPAN
- The line nearest the stern upon which signal flags are displayed when a vessel is dressed overall -
see dressing lines,
dress ship, to 1) and
dress ship, to 4).
- AFRO-AMERICAN FLAG (or COLORS/COLOURS)
- See Garvey colours.
Marcus Garveys Flag 1917 (fotw); An Afro-American Flag (Tomislav Todorovic)
- AGNUS DEI
- A Latin term meaning the Lamb of God - this is sometimes shown with a halo or nimbus around its head, but always holding
a crossed staff or crosier (and often decorated with a flag or banner) the Holy Lamb or Lamb of God
(see also nimbus).
Flag of Kunovice, Czech Republic (fotw); Flag of Gotland, Sweden (fotw);
Arms and flag of Preston, UK (fotw); Arms and Flag of Knin, Croatia (fotw)
- Loops of ornamental braided cord with tassels, and worn from the right or left shoulder
of (usually but not invariably) military uniforms to signify a special status or service
see flag adjutant
dress knot) and
Officers of the Household Cavalry, UK (Wikipedia)
- AIR (or AIRCRAFT) RECOGNITION DEVICE(S)
- See fin flash and roundel 1)
(also aircraft marking(s)).
Roundel and Fin flash, Greece (fotw)
- AIR FORCE/AIRFORCE FLAG (or AIR FORCE/AIRFORCE ENSIGN/COLOUR)
- See branch of service flag
(also armed services flag,
class flag and
Air Force Flag, Belarus (fotw);
Air Force Ensign, UK (fotw);
Air Force Flag, US (fotw);
Air Force Colour, Croatia (fotw);
Air Force Ensign, South Africa (fotw)
- AIR MAIL (or AIRMAIL) FLAG (or PENNANT)
- A flag or pennant, now obsolete, originally designed to fly (sometimes alongside a civil air ensign)
from an aircraft carrying mail (see also postal flag and
civil air ensign)
US Air mail Flag (Joe Macmillan); Royal Air Mail Pennant, UK (fotw)
- AIRCRAFT INSIGNIA
- 1) Specifically in US military usage, the term that refers to markings of
identification on the tail plane/fin of primarily (but not exclusively)
military aircraft (see also
2) Generically see aircraft marking(s).
Aircraft Insignia/Markings, Guatemala (fotw)
Please note with regard to 1), that US military aircraft have not carried a fin
flash - an emblem of national identity - on their tail planes since 1942
see fin flash
Aircraft Insignia/Markings 1919 - 1943, USAF (Wikipedia)
- AIRCRAFT MARKING(S)
- In UK and some other usage, a collective term for the markings of nationality and
identification on the wings, fuselage and tail plane/fin of primarily (but not exclusively)
military aircraft but see fin flash
and roundel 1) (also
aircraft insignia above,
fuselage markings 1),
victory markings and
wing marking(s) 1))).
Roundel and Fin Flash for Combat Aircraft, UK; Roundel and Fin Flash, France c1917;
Roundel and Fin Flash, Dominican Republic (fotw)
- AIRFIELD (or AIRPORT) SAFETY (or AIRFIELD/AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION) FLAG
- In largely US usage the square, orange and white-checkered safety flag mandated by the
US Federal Aviation Administration for the marking of construction vehicles and jobsite
obstructions/hazards at airports. (see also checky).
- AIRLINE FLAG
- See corporate flag.
Flag of Qantas, Australia (fotw); Flag of LOT Airline, Poland c1930 c1940 (Miles Li);
Pennant of ČLS Airline, Czechoslovakia 1927 1938 (Miles li)
- A heraldic term used when the windows and gateway of a fortified building are in the same tincture as
the field see
tinctures and in appendix III and
(also litten ).
Flag of the Balearic Islands, Spain (fotw); Flag of
Palau-Sator, Spain (fotw); Arms and Flag of Borba, Portugal (Klaus-Michael Schneider)
Please note that this term has a wider use than is detailed above, and the Editors recommend that a heraldic dictionary be consulted if further details are required.