Origin of ensign
Synonyms for ensign
Related Words for ensigninsignia, emblem, symbol, standard, colors, streamer, pennant, banner, banderole, gonfalon
Examples from the Web for ensign
Contemporary Examples of ensign
Ensign resigned from the Senate the day before he was going to testify under oath about the scandal.Don’t Lionize Coburn Yet
August 6, 2011
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.
Historical Examples of ensign
"It is the ensign of the Knights of Calatrava," answered Felton.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
I, with nineteen men and my ensign, took a different route in quest of them.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
A schooner riding to an anchor in the bay was flying her ensign for help.The Manxman
Before that hurricane of passion the ensign recoiled, despite himself.The Tavern Knight
Ensign Bradley burst out, pulling at the sleeve of his superior.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Word Origin 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.