Meaning of “ensign” in the English Dictionary

"ensign" in British English

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ensignnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈen.sən/ us /ˈen.sən/

a flag on a ship that shows which country the ship belongs to

Examples from literature

  • At eight A.M. both vessels hoisted the ensign half-mast. 
  • The boy ran aft and in a few seconds the red ensign fluttered up the flagstaff, and drooped in the still air. 
  • They are each one story high, with curled-up roofs, and here and there the military ensign may be seen flying. 

(Definition of “ensign” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ensign" in American English

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ensignnoun [ C ]

us /ˈen·sən/

ensign noun [ C ] (FLAG)

a flag on a ship showing the country the ship belongs to

ensign noun [ C ] (OFFICER)

a naval officer of the lowest rank

(Definition of “ensign” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)