burgee

noun
bur·​gee | \ˌbər-ˈjē, ˈbər-ˌ\

Definition of burgee 

1 : a swallow-tailed flag used especially by ships for signals or identification

2 : the usually triangular identifying flag of a yacht club

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Outside was given a nautical motif with burgees placed in flowering pots, flags hanging from railings highlighting blue-and-white life preservers personalized with the debs' names. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Virginia Dodenhoff, Ellie Grehan and Julia Grehan celebrated at '80s preppy style soiree," 19 July 2017 The county seal appears on a light blue burgee, which is considered to be the first Ohio county flag that is the same shape as the Ohio flag. cleveland.com, "Fun with flags: The flags of Ohio's 88 counties," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of burgee

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burgee

perhaps from French dialect bourgeais shipowner

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