ensign

Use the noun ensign when you talk about a Navy officer. An ensign's rank is just below lieutenant and above a non commissioned petty officer or midshipman.

The lowest ranking commissioned officer in the US Navy is an ensign, and it's a similar position in the British infantry as well. You can also use the word to describe a country's flag or another symbol that represents a particular nation. For example, you might say that a ship displays the Norwegian ensign when it flies the flag of Norway. Ensign is a Scottish word that comes from the Old French enseigne, "mark, symbol, flag, or pennant."

Definitions of ensign
  1. noun
    a person who holds a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant junior grade
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    type of:
    commissioned naval officer
    a commissioned officer in the navy
  2. noun
    an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality
    synonyms: national flag
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    type of:
    flag
    emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
    allegory, emblem
    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
  3. noun
    colors flown by a ship to show its nationality
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    type of:
    colors, colours
    a flag that shows its nationality
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