ensign - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˈensaɪn/
singularensign
pluralensigns
  1. 1
    a flag on a ship that shows the country that it comes from
  2. 2
    an officer of low rank in the British Army, in the past
    1. a.
      an officer of low rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard
  3. 3
    American a small piece of metal that someone wears on a uniform to show their rank