broad arrow


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

Examples of broad arrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The watch also has a black dial, a broad arrow, and a small-seconds register, just like the Grana. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 The dial has the model’s classic broad arrow hands, treated with white Super-LumiNova that glows green in the dark, as per vintage versions. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of broad arrow was in the 14th century

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“Broad arrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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