- a jack consisting of the union of a national flag or ensign, as the U.S. jack, which has the white stars and blue field of the union of the U.S. national flag.
- (often initial capital letter) the British national flag.
- any flag the overall design of which is a union.
Origin of union jack
Examples from the Web for union jack
If you please, can you tell us anything about the Union-Jack?
Every one had a share in a Union-jack pocket-handkerchief, which they were very proud of.Australian Heroes and Adventurers
By the union-jack, it was as good as a dozen kegs of rum to me.The Maid of Sker
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
A tar was at hand to climb the loftiest palm, to strip its bushy head, and hoist the union-jack.Captain Canot
Crest / an American or spread-eagle bearing the union-jack displayed, over all a sun in splendour which never sets."Mr Punch's" Book of Arms
Edward Tennyson Reed
- a common name for Union flag
- (often not capitals) a national flag flown at the jackstaff of a vessel
Word Origin and History for union jack
1670s, from union + jack (n.); properly a small British union flag flown as the jack of a ship, but it has long been in use as a general name for the union flag. The Union flag (1630s) was introduced to symbolize the union of the crowns of England and Scotland (in 1603) and was formed of a combination of the cross saltire of St. Andrew and the cross of St. George. The cross saltire of St. Patrick was added 1801 upon the union of parliaments of Great Britain and Ireland.