blue ensign

noun

Definition of blue ensign

: a nautical ensign with a blue field borne by various classes of vessels in British government service other than the Royal Navy, under certain conditions by merchantmen commanded by retired officers of the Royal Navy or by officers of the Royal Naval Reserve, and by many British yacht clubs and yachts — see ensign sense 1

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“Blue ensign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20ensign. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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