white flag


an all-white banner or piece of cloth, used as a symbol of surrender or truce.

Nearby words

  1. white feather,
  2. white fiber,
  3. white finger,
  4. white fir,
  5. white fish,
  6. white flag, show the,
  7. white flight,
  8. white flint,
  9. white flour,
  10. white fox


    hoist/show/wave the white flag, to give up; weaken; yield.

Origin of white flag

First recorded in 1590–1600

Related formswhite-flag, adjective

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Examples from the Web for white flag

  • The question of uniform was condoned, however, just as the white-flag incidents were condoned.

    The War in South Africa|Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for white flag

white flag


a white flag or a piece of white cloth hoisted to signify surrender or request a truce
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