Definitions of ensign

  1. To designate as by an ensign.
  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.
  3. To distinguish by some ornament or symbol.
  4. A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.
  5. Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.
  6. Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment.
  7. A commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant in the army.
  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. A flag; badge; the lowest rank of commissioned officer in the navy.
  10. 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.
  11. A standard; the officer who carries it.
  12. A distinguishing flag or banner; standard; badge; symbol.
  13. A military or naval officer.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.