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n.1.The rank or office of an ensign.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He has the promise of an ensigncy in General 's regiment, now quartered in the North.
He joined the 42nd Royal Highlanders (the Black Watch) after the successful purchase of an ensigncy by his father in 1832.
(14) At the age of sixteen he gained an ensigncy in the 90th Regiment, but transferred to the 3rd, the Buffs, without joining the 90th.