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ensign

  

      n  
1      (also)   a flag flown by a ship, branch of the armed forces, etc., to indicate nationality, allegiance, etc.  
   See also       Red Ensign       White Ensign  
2    any flag, standard, or banner  
3    a standard-bearer  
4    a symbol, token, or emblem; sign  
5    (in the U.S. Navy) a commissioned officer of the lowest rank  
6    (in the British infantry) a colours bearer  
7    (formerly in the British infantry) a commissioned officer of the lowest rank  
     (C14: from Old French enseigne, from Latin insignia)  
  ensignship, ensigncy      n  


Blue Ensign  
      n   an ensign having the Union Jack on a blue background at the upper corner of the vertical edge alongside the hoist: flown by Royal Navy auxiliary vessels, and, with some extra distinguishing mark or insignia, by certain yacht clubs  
   Compare       Red Ensign       White Ensign  
Red Ensign  
      n   the ensign of the British Merchant Navy, having the Union Jack on a red background at the upper corner of the vertical edge alongside the hoist  
   Compare       White Ensign       Blue Ensign  
White Ensign  
      n   the ensign of the Royal Navy and the Royal Yacht Squadron, having a red cross on a white background with the Union Jack at the upper corner of the vertical edge alongside the hoist  
   Compare       Red Ensign       Blue Ensign  
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ensign

  
  
badge, banner, colours, flag, jack, pennant, pennon, standard, streamer  

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