flag of truce

noun Military.

a white flag displayed as an invitation to the enemy to confer, or carried as a sign of peaceful intention by one sent to deal with the enemy.

Origin of flag of truce

First recorded in 1620–30
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Related Words for flag of truce

capitulation, retreat, submission

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Historical Examples of flag of truce

  • We were expecting almost hourly to be put on a flag-of-truce boat.

  • The New York flag-of-truce boat was found lying at the wharf with four hundred prisoners, whom she had not time to deliver.

    The Black Phalanx

    Joseph T. Wilson

  • The flag-of-truce boats of the different parties presented terrible contrasts.


    Augustus C. Hamlin

  • While waiting at City Point for the "flag-of-truce boat," we sauntered up from the wharf.

  • Shortly after the fighting ceased, Colonel Ellet sent the ram Lioness, under a flag-of-truce, to demand the surrender of the city.

British Dictionary definitions for flag of truce

flag of truce


a white flag indicating the peaceful intent of its bearer or an invitation to an enemy to negotiate
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