red ensign

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red ensign (plural red ensigns)

  1. The flag flown by a British merchant ship.
    • 1939 June, G. W. Tripp, “The Modern Railway Steamer”, in Railway Magazine, page 392:
      Both Worthing and Brighton sail under the red ensign and are excellent testimonials to their British builders, William Denny & Brothers, from whose yard so many notable cross-channel and shallow-draught vessels have come.

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