From Middle English ensigne, from Old French enseigne, from Latin īnsignia, nominative plural of īnsigne. Doublet of insignia.
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.
- A flag or banner carried by military units; a standard or color/colour.
- (nautical) The principal flag or banner flown by a ship to indicate nationality.
- 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.
ensign (third-person singular simple present ensigns, present participle ensigning, simple past and past participle ensigned)
- (obsolete) To designate as by an ensign.
- To distinguish by a mark or ornament.
- (heraldry) To distinguish by an ornament, especially by a crown.