Definition of white ensign in English:

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’
    • ‘At that time, the white ensign, like the others, was a plain flag with a St George's cross in the canton.’
    • ‘In part, as a consequence of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, the Government decided that the RAN should fly a uniquely Australian white ensign.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was hauling it down and hoisting the white ensign of the British Navy.’
    • ‘The ashes of each were scattered to the wind under the fluttering white ensign they had served with pride.’


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