Part of speech: noun

A distinguishing flag or banner; standard; badge; symbol.

Part of speech: noun

A military or naval officer.

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Usage examples "ensign":

  1. When the flag reached the mast- head, the crowds cheered and the guns fired a salute,- as well they might, for this was the first ensign ever flung to the breeze on an American man- of- war. - "The Little Book of the Flag", Eva March Tappan.
  2. " I'm sure it's not my wish to be bad friends," said Ensign Long. - "Middy and Ensign", G. Manville Fenn.
  3. " Mr. Brooks, the jailer, is here- Ensign Martin and Brincle, of the Georgia guard," was the reply of the jailer. - "Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia", William Gilmore Simms.