Definition of broad arrow in English:

broad arrow


  • A mark resembling a broad arrowhead, formerly used on British prison clothing and other government property.

    • ‘The interior of the butt plate has the impression of a broad arrow, indicating ownership by the British crown, along with an unknown maker's mark.’
    • ‘It is marked with the broad arrow proclaiming it was once English government property.’
    • ‘No sign of any broad arrows or any chiselling that were originally on the posts.’
    • ‘The central design used was the East India Company's broad arrow and the stamps were first embossed in different colours - vermilion and white - before they were finally embossed in blue colour on white paper.’
    • ‘Recent finds include copper pins marked with the broad arrow of the Admiralty, copper sheathing, pan weights, musket balls, cannonballs and a sounding lead.’