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Stars and Stripes

the national flag of the U.S., consisting of 13 horizontal stripes that are alternately red and white, representing the original states, and of a blue field containing 50 white stars, representing the present states.
Also called Old Glory, The Star-Spangled Banner. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Old Glory
Historical Examples
  • She is raking, slant, and formidable; but "Old Glory" is waving on her.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • Old Glory was made of silk and hung in graceful folds from the wall.

  • In exactly three-quarters of a minute, Old Glory said, "What do you think of that?"

  • Old Glory is calling, baby, and no Branton Hills boy will balk at that call.


    Ernest Vincent Wright
  • Still, she could not divest these three of the Old Glory of her first impressions.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • And we are conquering the world under the emblem of Old Glory.

    Revolutionary Reader Sophie Lee Foster
  • As it was hoisted he called it "Old Glory" and this was the name he evermore used for it.

    Revolutionary Reader Sophie Lee Foster
  • If any German tries to break in under Old Glory, he'll be sorry he started.

    The Wonder of War on Land

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Old Glory” floated from the stem and stern of the great steamer.

  • The Old Glory has vanished from the scene and the old thrill is an unfelt emotion.

    The Alps Martin Conway
British Dictionary definitions for Old Glory

Old Glory

a nickname for the flag of the United States of America

Stars and Stripes

(functioning as sing) the Stars and Stripes, the national flag of the United States of America, consisting of 50 white stars representing the present states on a blue field and seven red and six white horizontal stripes representing the original states Also known as the Star-Spangled Banner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Old Glory

Stars and Stripes


"American flag," attested from 1782. Stars and Bars as a name for the Confederate flag is attested from 1863. Star-spangled is attested from 1590s; Star-Spangled Banner "United States flag" is 1814, from Francis Scott Key's poem (printed in the "Baltimore Patriot" Sept. 20).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Old Glory in Culture

Old Glory definition

A nickname for the United States flag.

Stars and Stripes definition

The national flag of the United States. Its fifty stars represent the fifty states; its thirteen stripes represent the thirteen colonies that became the original states.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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