broad arrow

noun

Definition of broad arrow

1 : an arrow with a flat barbed head
2 British : a mark shaped like a broad arrow that identifies government property including clothing formerly worn by convicts

First Known Use of broad arrow

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Broad arrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broad%20arrow. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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