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Definition of Ensign
EnsignEnsign En"sign, n. [L. enseigne, L. insignia, pl. of insigne a
distinctive mark, badge, flag; in + signum mark, sign. See
Sign, and cf. Insignia, 3d Ancient.]
1. A flag; a banner; a standard; esp., the national flag, or
a banner indicating nationality, carried by a ship or a
body of soldiers; -- as distinguished from flags
indicating divisions of the army, rank of naval officers,
or private signals, and the like.
Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still.
2. A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.
He will lift an ensign to the nations from far.
--Is. v. 26.
3. Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.
The ensigns of our power about we bear. --Waller.
(a) Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who
carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment.
(b) A commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the
navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant
in the army. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Note: In the British army the rank of ensign was abolished in
1871. In the United States army the rank is not
recognized; the regimental flags being carried by a
sergeant called the color sergeant.
Ensign bearer, one who carries a flag; an ensign.
Ensign En"sign, v. t.
1. To designate as by an ensign. [Obs.]
Henry but joined the roses that ensigned Particular
families. --B. Jonson.
2. To distinguish by a mark or ornament; esp. (Her.), by a
crown; thus, any charge which has a crown immediately
above or upon it, is said to be ensigned.
Meaning of Ensign from wikipedia
- The naval ensign
as war ensign
), used on warships, may be different
from the civil ensign
(merchant ships) or the yacht ensign
(/ˈɛnsən/; Late Middle
English, from Old French enseigne
(transl. mark, symbol, signal; flag, standard, pennant), from Latin insignia
from a country's civil ensign
or state ensign
. It can also be known
as a war ensign
. A large version
of a naval ensign
that is flown
on a warship's...
- The Red Ensign
or "Red Duster" is the civil ensign
of the United Kingdom
of Great Britain
Ireland. It is one of the British ensigns
, and it...
- John Eric Ensign
25, 1958) is an American veterinarian
and former politician
from Nevada. A member
of the Republican
was a Congressman...
- civil ensign
is an ensign
(maritime flag) used by civilian vessels
to denote their
nationality. It can be the same or different
from the state ensign
- The Canadian
(French: Enseigne Rouge
as a nautical
flag and civil ensign
from 1892 to 1965, and later
- The Australian
is the civil ensign
of Australia, the flag of nationality flown
by Australian registered
ships. It is a red version
of the national...
- The Blue Ensign
is a flag, one of several British ensigns
, used by certain organisations
****ociated or formerly
****ociated with the United...
- flag of Australia, also known
as the Australian
, is based
on the British
—a blue field
with the Union
Jack in the upper hoist
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