Meaning of ensign

en•sign

Pronunciation: (en'sīnMil.en's&schwan), [key]
— n.
  1. a flag or banner, as a military or naval standard used to indicate nationality.
  2. a badge of office or authority, as heraldic arms.
  3. a sign, token, or emblem: the dove, an ensign of peace.
  4. the lowest commissioned officer, ranking next below a lieutenant, junior grade, and equal to a second lieutenant in the Army.
  5. standard-bearer (def. 1).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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