Definition of white ensign in English:

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white ensign



A white flag carrying a St George’s cross with the Union Jack in the top corner next to the flagstaff, flown by the Royal and most Commonwealth navies and the Royal Yacht Squadron: take her to sea under the white ensign
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  • He was hauling it down and hoisting the white ensign of the British Navy.
  • At that time, the white ensign, like the others, was a plain flag with a St George's cross in the canton.
  • Team leader WO Richards said the visit was a good opportunity to show the white ensign in a city that doesn't get to see many ships sail by - apart from the annual Henley on Todd River regatta.
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