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white ensign

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noun
  1. the British naval ensign, consisting of the red cross of St. George on a white field, with the British union occupying the upper quarter along the hoist.

Origin of white ensign

First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for white ensign

White Ensign

noun
  1. the ensign of the Royal Navy and the Royal Yacht Squadron, having a red cross on a white background with the Union Jack at the upper corner of the vertical edge alongside the hoistCompare Red Ensign, Blue Ensign
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