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Ensign meaning

ensign - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. a person who holds a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant junior grade
  2. 2. A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.
  3. 3. Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.
  4. 4. Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment.
  5. 5. A commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant in the army.
  6. 6. To designate as by an ensign.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. A standard; the officer who carries it.

ensign - examples of usage

  1. Colin Campbell, not yet sixteen, had joined the army as ensign; and the battle of Vimiera was about to begin.
  2. Several vessels lay at anchor, proudly pre- eminent among which was a frigate, from whose peak the ensign of Great Britain floated in the breeze.
  3. One more volley would sink them, when a loud cheerful shout rung in their ears, and two boats with the British ensign trailing from the stern were seen pulling rapidly towards them.
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