see also: Ensign
  • IPA: /ˈɛnsɪn/, IPA: /ˈɛns(ə)n/ IPA: /ˈɛnsaɪn/

ensign (plural ensigns)

  1. A badge of office, rank, or power.
  2. The lowest grade of commissioned officer in the United States Navy, junior to a lieutenant junior grade.
  3. A flag or banner carried by military units; a standard or color/colour.
    Synonyms: ancient
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iv]:
      Hang up your ensigns, let your drums be still,
  4. (nautical) The principal flag or banner flown by a ship (usually at the stern) to indicate nationality.
  5. Any prominent flag or banner.
    • 1667?, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanced.
  6. (historical) A junior commissioned officer in the 18th and 19th centuries whose duty was to carry the unit's ensign.
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ensign (ensigns, present participle ensigning; past and past participle ensigned)

  1. (obsolete) To designate as by an ensign.
  2. To distinguish by a mark or ornament.
  3. (heraldry) To distinguish by an ornament, especially by a crown.
    Any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A hamlet in Alberta, Canada
  3. A city in Kansas
  4. (Mormonism) The official magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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