ensign

Definition of ensign

en´sign   Pronunciation: ĕn´sĭn also ĕn´sīn, except for 4a
n.1.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.
Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still.
- Shak.
2.A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.
He will lift an ensign to the nations from far.
- Is. v. 26.
3.Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.
The ensigns of our power about we bear.
- Waller.
4.Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment.
Ensign bearer
one who carries a flag; an ensign.
v. t.1.To designate as by an ensign.
Henry but joined the roses that ensigned
Particular families.
- B. Jonson.
2.(Her.) 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.

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