- a mark in the shape of a broad arrowhead, placed upon British government property.
- Archery. an arrow having an expanded head.
- Heraldry. pheon.
Origin of broad arrow
1350–1400; Middle English brod arwe
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Examples from the Web for broad arrow
Firstly, there is the stigma that attaches to every man who has worn the broad-arrow.A Plea for the Criminal
James Leslie Allan Kayll
A line of men in broad-arrow stamped suits, all natives, guarded by two armed constables, was filing in from the veldt.A Veldt Official
It had the broad-arrow on it, and a custom-house officer seeing it, some time after, was disposed to seize it as a prize.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The mark of the “broad-arrow” is generally incised with the bench-mark so that the horizontal bar passes through its apex.
You wouldn't look well at all in a striped suit—or I believe it's the broad-arrow pattern they supply in the prisons here.The White Blackbird
- a mark shaped like a broad arrowhead designating British government property and formerly used on prison clothing
- an arrow with a broad head
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