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blue flag Syllabification: blue flag
Pronunciation: /ˌblo͞o ˈflaɡ/

Definition of blue flag in English:

noun

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1A violet-flowered iris that grows in marshy places and wet meadows.
  • Genus Iris, family Iridaceae: several species, in particular the larger blue flag (I. versicolor) and the slender blue flag (I. prismatica)
2A European award for beaches based on cleanliness and safety.
Example sentences
  • The blue flag award is based on a number of different criteria including water quality, environmental education, environmental management and safety and services.
  • The awards scheme, which began in 2001, is the equivalent of the blue flag award for beaches.
  • Despite the incident Kerry beaches managed to retain 13 blue flags which are awarded each year to areas that have attained environmental excellence.

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