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Definition of Ensign


  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.
  2. A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.
  3. Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.
  4. Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment.
  5. A commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant in the army.
  6. To designate as by an ensign.
  7. 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.

Ensign Translations

ensign in French is fanion
ensign in German is Flagge, Fahne
ensign in Norwegian is fenrik, flagg, merke