Definition of red ensign in English:

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red ensign

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noun

A red flag with the Union Jack in the top corner next to the flagstaff, flown by British-registered ships.
Example sentences
  • As well as being the senior ensign of the King's ships, the red ensign was also worn by merchant ships.
  • The use of special red ensigns with their badge in the fly has in the past been authorised for a number of yacht clubs, but it is now the policy not to extend this privilege, except in the most exceptional circumstances.
  • The idea of adding the EU's emblem to the red ensign was rejected in a vote in Strasbourg on tighter controls on maritime safety.

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Syllabification: red en·sign

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