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Stars and Bars

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noun
  1. U.S. History. the flag adopted by the Confederate States of America, consisting of two broad horizontal bars of red separated by one of white, with a blue union marked with a circle of white stars, one for each Confederate state.Compare Southern Cross(def 2).

Origin of Stars and Bars

An Americanism dating back to 1861
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Examples from the Web for stars and bars

Historical Examples

  • Messing with it would be like redesigning the stars-and-bars.

    Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

    Cory Doctorow

  • The Stars-and-Bars, now flying so impudently at her stern, was to be hung up as a trophy in the ward-room of the "Cumberland."

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout

    Alfred Bishop Mason

  • In place of the flag of the free, the Stars-and-Bars, symbol of slavery, flew above the surrendered ship.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout

    Alfred Bishop Mason

  • He used to fly right off the handle and wave the Stars-and-Bars fit to kill!

    Left Tackle Thayer

    Ralph Henry Barbour


British Dictionary definitions for stars and bars

Stars and Bars

noun
  1. the Stars and Bars (functioning as singular) the flag of the Confederate States of America
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