Meaning of FLAG in English


Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: probably akin to fag end of cloth ― more at FAG END

Date: 1530

1 : a usually rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive design that is used as a symbol (as of a nation), as a signaling device, or as a decoration

2 a : the tail of some dogs (as a setter or hound) also : the long hair fringing a dog's tail b : the tail of a deer

3 a : something used like a flag to signal or attract attention b : one of the cross strokes of a musical note less than a quarter note in value

4 : something represented by a flag: as a : FLAGSHIP b : an admiral functioning in his office of command c : NATIONALITY especially : the nationality of registration of a ship or aircraft

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.