ensign etymology

English word ensign comes from Latin signum

Detailed word origin of ensign

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
signum Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) a signum (medieval tower bell used particularly for ringing the 8 canonical hours). A mark, sign, emblem. A miracle.
insignis Latin (lat) Distinguished by a mark. Distinguished, remarkable, prominent, extraordinary, conspicuous.
insignia Latin (lat)
ensign English (eng) (historical) A junior commissioned officer in the 18th and 19th centuries whose duty was to carry the unit's ensign.. (nautical) The principal flag or banner flown by a ship to indicate nationality.. A badge of office, rank, or power.. A flag or banner carried by military units. See standard, color, colour.. Any prominent flag or banner.. The lowest grade of commissioned officer in the [...]

Words with the same origin as ensign

Descendants of signum
assign design designed dignity insignificant resign seal sealed sign signature significant