ensign staff

  1. a staff at the stern of a vessel at which the ensign is flown.

Origin of ensign staff

First recorded in 1700–10

Words Nearby ensign staff

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How to use ensign staff in a sentence

  • She flew no flag at her masthead, it is true; but Mildmay could now see that she had hoisted a blue ensign on her ensign staff.

    With Airship and Submarine | Harry Collingwood
  • When she struck, a number of the men climbed up the ensign-staff, under an apprehension of her immediately going to pieces.

    Reprinted Pieces | Charles Dickens
  • On either side and slightly in advance of the ensign staff, M.-L.

  • Her stern was high out of water, the red ensign of England flapping impotently on the ensign staff.

  • "Blue Peter" was hoisted at the fore, while the Dutch national ensign floated from her ensign staff.

    A Lively Bit of the Front | Percy F. Westerman