Definition of ensign in English:
1 /ˈens(ə)n, ˈenˌsīn/ A flag or standard, especially a military or naval one indicating nationality.
- The Blue Ensign is not the ensign of the Royal Naval Reserve as such, as is sometimes stated.
- The French now used plain white flags, including ensigns, white being the royal colour.
- An ensign was the national flag flown (technically ‘worn’) by a warship.
2 /ˈens(ə)n/ A commissioned officer of the lowest rank in the US Navy and Coast Guard, ranking above chief warrant officer and below lieutenant.
- All Sailors will be given a clear career roadmap, outlining how they progress from seaman to master chief, or from ensign to admiral.
- Think about a fairly new petty officer or ensign dealing with a new system.
- ROTC is an elective course of study, taken in conjunction with any academic major that, upon graduation, leads to a reserve commission as a second lieutenant in the army, air force, or Marine Corps or an ensign in the navy.
2.1 historical The lowest rank of commissioned infantry officer in the British army.
- Just to make things complicated, their ensign - the lowest commissioned rank in the British army - was a lieutenant-general, one of the highest in the world of real soldiers.
- The poems were never published, but they circulated widely and, as one officer said at the time, ‘there was scarcely a more or less literate ensign in the army who did not know them by heart.’
- The young ensign is sailing home from India in 1805 when his ship is seized by a French warship and he ends up off Cadiz, Spain.