house flag



a flag flown by a merchant ship, bearing the emblem of its owners or operators.

Origin of house flag

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for house flag

Historical Examples of house flag

  • Her nationality was British, but you will not find her house-flag in the list of our mercantile marine.

  • On a brumal November day, the Sarmania was to sail on her first trip under the Sutton house-flag.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace

  • I do not think it's likely that he will find employment under any other house-flag, let alone ours.

    A Tale of Two Tunnels

    William Clark Russell

  • This here craft is registered under your grandpas name an is sailin under his house-flag, the old cook reminded him.


    George Allan England

  • And when the house-flag fluttered half-way to the deck and climbed again to the masthead, the soul of Hector McKaye would thrill.

    Kindred of the Dust

    Peter B. Kyne