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en·sign

 (ĕn′sən, -sīn′)
n.
1. A national flag displayed on ships and aircraft, often with the special insignia of a branch or unit of the armed forces.
2. A standard or banner, as of a military unit.
3. (ĕn′sən)
a. A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is below lieutenant junior grade.
b. One who holds this rank.
4. A badge, emblem, or token of power or authority.

[Middle English ensigne, from Old French enseigne, from Latin īnsignia, insignia; see insignia.]

ensign

(ˈɛnsaɪn)
n
1. (Military) 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. (Military) a standard-bearer
4. a symbol, token, or emblem; sign
5. (Military) (in the US Navy) a commissioned officer of the lowest rank
6. (Military) (in the British infantry) a colours bearer
7. (Military) (formerly in the British infantry) a commissioned officer of the lowest rank
[C14: from Old French enseigne, from Latin insignia]
ˈensignˌship, ˈensigncy n

en•sign

(ˈɛn sən; for 1-3,5 also -saɪn)

n.
1. a flag or banner, as a naval standard used to indicate nationality.
2. a badge of office or authority, as heraldic arms.
3. a sign, token, or emblem: the dove, an ensign of peace.
4. the lowest commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard, ranking next below a lieutenant, junior grade.
[1325–75; Middle English ensigne < Old French enseigne < Latin insignia; see insignia]
en′sign•ship`, en′sign•cy, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ensign - a person who holds a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant junior grade
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
commissioned naval officer - a commissioned officer in the navy
2.ensign - an emblem flown as a symbol of nationalityensign - an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality
flag - emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
3.ensign - colors flown by a ship to show its nationality
colors, colours - a flag that shows its nationality

ensign

noun flag, standard, colours, banner, badge, pennant, streamer, jack, pennon a merchant ship flying the blue ensign of a fleet auxiliary

ensign

noun
Fabric used especially as a symbol:
Translations

ensign

[ˈensaɪn] N
1. (= flag) → enseña f, pabellón m
see also red C
see also white C
2. (US) (Naut) (= rank) → alférez mf

ensign

[ˈɛnsən ˈɛnsaɪn] n
(= ship's flag) → enseigne f, pavillon m

ensign

n
(= flag)Nationalflagge f
(Mil Hist) → Fähnrich m
(US Naut) → Fähnrich mzur See

ensign

[a, b ˈɛnsən, c ˈɛnsaɪn] n
a. (flag) → insegna, bandiera
b. (Mil) → portabandiera m inv
c. (Am) (Naut) → guardiamarina m inv
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Peggotty's house on a piratical expedition, with a black flag at the masthead, bearing the inscription 'Tidd's Practice', under which diabolical ensign he was carrying me and little Em'ly to the Spanish Main, to be drowned.
Then strait commands that at the warlike sound Of Trumpets loud and Clarions be upreard His mighty Standard; that proud honour claim'd AZAZEL as his right, a Cherube tall: Who forthwith from the glittering Staff unfurld Th' Imperial Ensign, which full high advanc't Shon like a Meteor streaming to the Wind With Gemms and Golden lustre rich imblaz'd, Seraphic arms and Trophies: all the while Sonorous mettal blowing Martial sounds: At which the universal Host upsent A shout that tore Hells Concave, and beyond Frighted the Reign of CHAOS and old Night.
Under no ensign of war which I can observe,'' answered Rebecca.
Wounded as he was, it was wonderful how fast he could move, his grizzled hair tumbling over his face, and his face itself as red as a red ensign with his haste and fury.
I changed my plans, joined him, served under him in the campaigns he made, was present at the deaths of the Counts Egmont and Horn, and was promoted to be ensign under a famous captain of Guadalajara, Diego de Urbina by name.
He then unfurled a little ensign which denoted that his craft bore a member of the royal family of Zodanga, and together we made our way through the maze of low-lying air vessels until we hung directly over the jeddak of Zodanga and his staff.
At ten o'clock in the morning the Sieur de la Coste, ensign in the king's Guards, followed by two officers and several archers of that body, came to the city registrar, named Clement, and demanded of him all the keys of the rooms and offices of the hotel.
Bingley's large fortune, the mention of which gave animation to their mother, was worthless in their eyes when opposed to the regimentals of an ensign.
His right hand held a gilded staff, the ensign of high dignity among the revellers, and his left grasped the slender fingers of a fair maiden, not less gayly decorated than himself.
AND now as Dawn rose from her couch beside Tithonus, harbinger of light alike to mortals and immortals, Jove sent fierce Discord with the ensign of war in her hands to the ships of the Achaeans.
Each band bore as an ensign a spear or bow decorated with beads, porcupine quills, and painted feathers.
She is making the tour du monde entirely alone, without even a soubrette to carry the ensign, for the purpose of seeing for herself a quoi s'en tenir sur les hommes et les choses- -on les hommes particularly.