Meaning of FLAG in English

I. ˈflag also ˈflāg noun

Etymology: Middle English flagge reed, rush

Date: 14th century

: any of various monocotyledonous plants with long ensiform leaves: as

a. : iris ; especially : a wild iris

b. : sweet flag

II. noun

Usage: often attributive

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


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


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

III. transitive verb

( flagged ; flag·ging )

Date: 1856

1. : to signal with or as if with a flag ; especially : to signal to stop

flagged the train

— often used with down

2. : to mark or identify with or as if with a flag

flagged potential problems in the proposal

3. : to call a penalty on : penalize

a lineman flagged for being offside

IV. intransitive verb

( flagged ; flag·ging )

Etymology: probably from flag (II)

Date: 1545

1. : to hang loose without stiffness


a. : to become unsteady, feeble, or spiritless

b. : to decline in interest, attraction, or value

flagging stock prices

V. noun

Etymology: Middle English flagge turf, perhaps from Old Norse flaga slab; akin to Old English flōh chip

Date: 1604

: a hard evenly stratified stone that splits into flat pieces suitable for paving ; also : a piece of such stone

VI. transitive verb

( flagged ; flag·ging )

Date: 1615

: to lay (as a pavement) with flags

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.