Vexillology is the scientific study of flags and related emblems. It is concerned with research into flags of all kinds, both modern and historical, the creation of a body of practice for flag design and usage, and of a body of theory of flag development. Vexillology seeks to understand and explain the important part played by flags in the modern world.
Vexillology as a word is derived from the Latin vexillum, a term used by the Romans to refer to a kind of standard with a fabric hung from a horizontal crossbar on a pole. It is the nearest equivalent in the classical languages to what we call a flag today.
Why not become a vexillologist? You can explore the world of flag facts and ideas, either on your own or as a member of a group.
Today many flag study societies exist in different parts of the world, which call themselves ‘vexillological associations’, and the international body to which they belong is the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV). For more on this see The Gateway to World Vexillology.