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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gonfalonier \Gon`fa*lon*ier"\, n. [F. gonfalonier: cf. It. gonfaloniere.] He who bears the gonfalon; a standard bearer; as: (a) An officer at Rome who bears the standard of the Church. (b) The chief magistrate of any one of several republics in medi[ae]veal Italy. (c) A Turkish general, and standard keeper. [1913 Webster]