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Stars and Stripes

noun
  1. the national flag of the U.S., consisting of 13 horizontal stripes that are alternately red and white, representing the original states, and of a blue field containing 50 white stars, representing the present states.
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Also called Old Glory, The Star-Spangled Banner.
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Historical Examples

  • When the Revolution broke out, he obtained command of a ship, and was the first to fly the Stars-and-Stripes in foreign waters.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser

  • A little later, flying the Stars-and-Stripes at her masthead, she anchored off the bay at Quiberon.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser

  • At the same instant up went the Stars-and-Stripes aboard the American.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for old glory

Stars and Stripes

noun
  1. the Stars and Stripes (functioning as singular) the national flag of the United States of America, consisting of 50 white stars representing the present states on a blue field and seven red and six white horizontal stripes representing the original statesAlso known as: the Star-Spangled Banner
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Word Origin and History for old glory

Stars and Stripes

n.

"American flag," attested from 1782. Stars and Bars as a name for the Confederate flag is attested from 1863. Star-spangled is attested from 1590s; Star-Spangled Banner "United States flag" is 1814, from Francis Scott Key's poem (printed in the "Baltimore Patriot" Sept. 20).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

old glory in Culture

Stars and Stripes

The national flag of the United States. Its fifty stars represent the fifty states; its thirteen stripes represent the thirteen colonies that became the original states.

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.