Origin of ensign
Examples from the Web for ensign
Ensign resigned from the Senate the day before he was going to testify under oath about the scandal.
Ensign and Hampton's relationship may not have been so healthy, but they had the communication thing down.
One $20,000 loan from Ensign to Hampton was forgiven after the affair was revealed.
Ensign's wife Darlene had found out about the phones, so they had to stop using them.
The final payment ended up being a $96,000 gift from Ensign's parents to the Hamptons.
The sharp command of the ensign in charge of that division broke the impressive silence.The Dreadnought Boys on Battle Practice|John Henry Goldfrap
The ensign haulyards are reeved through a small block at the peak end, and lead down to the boom.
An English ensign was hoisted, and the fleet ship dashed towards the men-o'-war that lay in wait.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
Young Hamilton, who had been an ensign in my regiment, left us on the way.The Lion of the North|G.A. Henty
This duty unluckily fell upon the lieutenant of my company, which left it without an officer, the ensign being sick at New York.The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77|Samuel Adams Drake
British Dictionary definitions for ensign
Word Origin for ensign
Word Origin and History for ensign
late 14c., via Scottish, from Old French enseigne (12c.) "mark, symbol, signal; flag, standard, pennant," from Latin insignia (plural); see insignia. Sense of "banner, flag" is c.1400; that of soldier who carries one is first recorded 1510s. U.S. Navy sense of "commissioned officer of the lowest rank" is from 1862. French navy had rank of enseigne de vaisseau since at least early 18c.