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See also: Ensign
ensign (plural ensigns)
- A badge of office, rank, or power.
- The lowest grade of commissioned officer in the United States Navy, junior to a lieutenant junior grade.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, in The Celebrity:
- The skipper Mr. Cooke had hired at Far Harbor was a God-fearing man with a luke warm interest in his new billet and employer, and had only been prevailed upon to take charge of the yacht after the offer of an emolument equal to half a year's sea pay of an ensign in the navy.
- A flag or banner carried by military units. See standard, color, colour.
- (nautical) The principal flag or banner flown by a ship to indicate nationality.
- (Can we date this quote?), Plutarch, "Life of Alcibiades":
- But Alcibiades swiftly ran up the Athenian ensign on his flagship and bore down on that part of the Peloponnesian fleet which held the advantage and was pursuing the Athenians.
- Any prominent flag or banner.
- (historical) A junior commissioned officer in the 18th and 19th centuries whose duty was to carry the unit's ensign.
(junior commissioned officer):
- coronet (cavalry equivalent of the infantry ensign)
- second lieutenant (OF-1), first NATO commissioned officer grade above OF-0 trainee officer
- (obsolete) To designate as by an ensign.
- To distinguish by a mark or ornament
- (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.