Make a sentence with these words – there’s a prize for the best one.
1. the bearer of a gonfalon.
2. a chief magistrate or some other elected official in any of several medieval Italian republics.
1580–90; < French < Italian gonfaloniere. See gonfalon, -ier 2
1. a banner suspended from a crossbar, often with several streamers or tails.
2. a standard, especially one used by the medieval Italian republics.
1585–95; < Italian gonfalone < Middle French gonfalon, gonfanon < Germanic; see gonfanon
Finally it was the day of the execution, and a gonfalonier came for him, appearing friendly, for he asked what sort of man Michael was and why he was so stubborn when he had only to affirm what the whole populace affirmed and accept the opinion of Holy Mother Chruch.
Source: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.