ensign

[ˈɛnsa͡ɪn], [ˈɛnsa‍ɪn], [ˈɛ_n_s_aɪ_n]

Definitions of ensign:

  1.   The sign or flag distinguishing a nation or a regiment: formerly the junior subaltern rank of commissioned officers of the British infantry, so called from bearing the colors. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   The flag, banner, or standard of a regiment or a nation; any signal to give notice; a mark of distinction, rank, or office: formerly a commissioned officer of the lowest rank in a company of infantry, the senior of whom carried the regimental colours. Naval ensign, a large banner hoisted on a staff, over the stern of a ship, or at the gaff, when the ship is under sail, for the purpose chiefly of distinguishing the nationality. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   A standard; the officer who carries it. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4.   The banner or flag of a regiment; the infantry officer who carries the flag of a regiment; a mark of rank or office; the national flag of a ship. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   To distinguish by some ornament or symbol. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6.   A flag; badge; the lowest rank of commissioned officer in the navy. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Quotes for ensign:

  1. In this kind of situation, we tend to cling to his convictions, we believe that, by magic, we are going to recover. Then we agree to drive less good cars and we are fatally more exposed. It is what finally happened to me with Ensign – Jacky Ickx

Usage examples for ensign:

  1. At length a sergeant of grenadiers stuck fast, and declared himself incapable of moving either forward or backward; and just after, Ensign Prentice and I felt ourselves in a similar predicament, close together. ” – A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench
  2. With his own hand he seized a banner from a retreating ensign and called upon the nearest soldiers to make's stand against the foe. ” – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. One ensign who was sitting by me, was amusing himself, with the gravity worthy of a serious occupation, by letting the poniard, worn ordinarily by naval officers in undress, fall, point downwards, on the planks of the deck. ” – Abbé Aubain and Mosaics by Prosper Mérimée
  4. Can't you see, by the way he uses his poor little sister, what an awful don Captain Keith must be to a schoolboy of an ensign – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  5. “ He's an ensign now. ” – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  6. “ A British subject residing at Panama had been in the habit of flying the Red Ensign until one day he hoisted in its place the Union Jack. ” – The Government of England (Vol. I) by A. Lawrence Lowell
  7. When it cleared for an instant, we made out that she had an English ensign reversed secured to the main- rigging. ” – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
  8. Do the soldiers march under the old ensign – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  9. So he looked hurriedly through the play, and marked the parts allotted to Ensign Bellefleur. ” – Dr. Jolliffe's Boys by Lewis Hough
  10. “ " Gentlemen," announced Lieutenant Jack Benson, " Ensign Somers will show you all that is possible about the deck handling and the steering below the surface, and then Ensign Hastings will explain the mechanical points of this craft. ” – Dave Darrin's Fourth Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock

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