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ALFAQUAQUUS
The medieval term, now obsolete, for a person who is entitled to carry his banner erect on the King’s highway.

Please note that this word is recorded as having a Spanish origin (which remains unproven) however, the extent to which it was used in English medieval manuscripts is not known.


ALFERES (or ALFEROUS)
A late 17th early 18th Century term, now obsolete, for a ‘standard bearer’.

[alferes] [alferes]
Alferous/Standard Bearers C17th (Wikipedia)

Notes
a) It is suggested that the alternative form was sometimes used in medieval manuscripts
b) There is a possible relationship between this term and the Spanish military rank of alférez or ensign (see also ‘ensign 5)’.


ALIGHT
In heraldry see ‘flamant’.

[alight] [alight]
Arms and Flag of Torres Vedras, Portugal (fotw)


ALLEGORY (or ALLEGORICAL)
The term for a pictorial illustration with a symbolic meaning, and whose imagery is usually intended to convey a moral and/or political message - see ‘anti-heraldry’.

Virginia, US  Virginia, US Jack - Batavian Republic  Flag - Batavian Republic Proposed Presidential flag, 1817
Seal and Flag of the State of Virginia, US (fotw and state symbols); Jack and Command Flag of the Batavian Republic 1797, The Netherlands (fotw); Proposed Presidential Flag 1817, US (fotw)


ALL-SEEING EYE OF GOD
See ‘Eye of God’.

[Goppisberg]
Flag of Goppisberg Switzerland (fotw)


ALLUSIVE ARMS
In heraldry see ‘canting’.

[Magdeburg]  [Magdeburg]
Flag and Arms of Magdeburg (or Maiden-Town), Germany (fotw)


ALTEMA
A medieval term, now obsolete, for the upper part of the cart upon which the standard was placed (see also ‘carrocium’, ‘gajardus’ and ‘standard 6)’).

ALTERNATIVE FLAG/ENSIGN (or ALTERNATE FLAG/ENSIGN)
The term used to describe any flag or ensign (either official or unofficial) being presented as an alternative to that which is generally accepted (or officially established) for a particular role.

UAE Civil Ensign UAE alternative civil ensign Nicaragua Nicaragua alternative flag
National Flag/Civil Ensign as regulated, and Alternative Civil Ensign of the United Arab Emirates (fotw); National Flag/Civil Ensign as regulated, and Alternative Civil Ensign of Nicaragua (fotw)


AMALGAM (or AMALGAM LANGUAGE) FLAGS
See ‘linguistic flags’ (also ‘combined flag’).

language flag language flag
Amalgam Language Flags for English and German (CS)


AMARANTH
In heraldry see ‘shades of tincture’.

tincture


AMBASSADOR'S (or AMBASSADORIAL) FLAG
See ‘diplomatic flags’.

[ambassadorial flag example] [ambassadorial flag example] [ambassadorial flag example] [ambassadorial flag example]
Ambassador's flags: Sierra Leone, Italy 1918, Mexico 1911 - 1916, Mexico 1911 - 1916, Finland 1919 - 1920 (fotw)


AMERICAN WAR MOTHERS FLAG
See ‘service flag 3)’.

[example]
American War Mothers/Armistice Day Flag, US (fotw)


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