- 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
Examples from the Web for broad arrow
Historical Examples of 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