Definition of ensign:
- A commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant in the army.
- 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.
- A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.
- Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment.
- Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.
- To designate as by an ensign.
- 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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- "The Lion's Share", E. Arnold Bennett.
- "Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot"", Chretien DeTroyes.
It is strange that neither he nor any of those whom he consulted should have been aware that Elba had an ancient and peculiar ensign, and it is still more remarkable that this ensign should be one singularly adapted to Bonaparte's situation; being no more than " a wheel,- the emblem," says M. Bernaud, " of the vicissitudes of human life, which the Elbese had borrowed from the Egyptian mysteries."- "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.