late 14c., "praised;" mid-15c., "assigned as a due share;" late 15c., "permitted," past-participle adjective from allow.
1756, "military quarters, part of a town assigned to a particular regiment," from French cantonnement, from cantonner "to divide into cantons" (14c.), from canton "angle, corner" (see canton). The meaning "action of quartering troops" is from 1757.
battle site in Massachusetts, U.S., it rises on land assigned in 1634 to George Bunker, who came from the vicinity of Bedford, England. The name dates from 1229, as Bonquer, and is from Old French bon quer "good heart."
in reference to vocal exercises consisting of tone singing to simple vowels or arbitrary syllables to develop the voice, 1912, an Englishing of solfeggio (1774), from Italian solfeggio, formed from sol-fa and ultimately representing musical notes (compare sol-fa) to which the syllables were assigned.
"flag of a regiment or ship" 1580s, from color (n.). Hence color-guard (1820), originally the soldiers assigned to guard the colors of the regiment, color-bearer(1855), the one who carries the regimental flag, and to do something with flying colors "successfully" (1690s).