Definition of ensign noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈensən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈensən//
    The navy, Parts of boats and ships, People in sea travel
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  1. 1a flag flown on a ship to show which country it belongs to the White Ensign (= the flag of the British Navy) See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  2. 2 an officer of low rank in the US navy Ensign Marshall See related entries: The navy, People in sea travel
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French enseigne, from Latin insignia ‘signs of office’, neuter of insignis ‘distinguished (as if by a mark)’, from in- ‘towards’ + signum ‘sign’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ensign