What does flag mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word flag.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flag(noun)

    emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design

  2. masthead, flag(noun)

    a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc.

  3. iris, flag, fleur-de-lis, sword lily(noun)

    plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals

  4. flag, signal flag(noun)

    a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device

  5. pin, flag(noun)

    flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green

  6. flag, flagstone(noun)

    stratified stone that splits into pieces suitable as paving stones

  7. flag(verb)

    a conspicuously marked or shaped tail

  8. flag(verb)

    communicate or signal with a flag

  9. flag(verb)

    provide with a flag

    "Flag this file so that I can recognize it immediately"

  10. sag, droop, swag, flag(verb)

    droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness

  11. flag(verb)

    decorate with flags

    "the building was flagged for the holiday"

  12. ease up, ease off, slacken off, flag(verb)

    become less intense

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flag(verb)

    to hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp

  2. Flag(verb)

    to droop; to grow spiritless; to lose vigor; to languish; as, the spirits flag; the streugth flags

  3. Flag(verb)

    to let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness; as, to flag the wings

  4. Flag(verb)

    to enervate; to exhaust the vigor or elasticity of

  5. Flag(noun)

    that which flags or hangs down loosely

  6. Flag(noun)

    a cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to indicate nationality, party, etc., or to give or ask information; -- commonly attached to a staff to be waved by the wind; a standard; a banner; an ensign; the colors; as, the national flag; a military or a naval flag

  7. Flag(noun)

    a group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of certain hawks, owls, etc

  8. Flag(noun)

    a group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks

  9. Flag(noun)

    the bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter

  10. Flag(verb)

    to signal to with a flag; as, to flag a train

  11. Flag(verb)

    to convey, as a message, by means of flag signals; as, to flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance

  12. Flag(noun)

    an aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to either of the genera Iris and Acorus

  13. Flag(verb)

    to furnish or deck out with flags

  14. Flag(noun)

    a flat stone used for paving

  15. Flag(noun)

    any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones

  16. Flag(verb)

    to lay with flags of flat stones

  17. Origin: [Icel. flaga, cf. Icel. flag spot where a turf has been cut out, and E. flake layer, scale. Cf. Floe.]


  1. Flag

    A flag is most of the time a piece of fabric with a distinctive design that is usually rectangular and used as a symbol, as a signaling device, or decoration. The term flag is also used to refer to the graphic design employed by a flag, or to its depiction in another medium. The first flags were used to assist military coordination on battlefields, and flags have since evolved into a general tool for rudimentary signalling and identification, especially in environments where communication is similarly challenging. National flags are potent patriotic symbols with varied wide-ranging interpretations, often including strong military associations due to their original and ongoing military uses. Flags are also used in messaging, advertising, or for other decorative purposes. The study of flags is known as vexillology, from the Latin vexillum meaning flag or banner.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flag

    flag, v.i. to grow languid or spiritless.—pr.p. flag′ging; pa.p. flagged.—n. Flag′giness.—adj. Flag′gy, limp, flabby. [Perh. O. Fr. flac—L. flaccus; prob. influenced by imit. forms as flap.]

  2. Flag

    flag, n. a popular name for many plants with sword-shaped leaves, mostly growing in moist situations, sometimes specially the species of iris or flower-de-luce—esp. the yellow flag: the acorus or sweet flag: (B.) reed-grass.—ns. Flag′-bas′ket, a basket made of reeds for carrying tools; Flag′giness.—adj. Flag′gy, abounding in flags.—n. Flag′-worm, a worm or grub bred among flags or reeds. [Ety. obscure; cf. Dut. flag.]

  3. Flag

    flag, n. the ensign of a ship or of troops: a banner.—v.t. to decorate with flags: to inform by flag-signals.—ns. Flag′-cap′tain, in the navy, the captain of the ship which bears the admiral's flag; Flag′-lieuten′ant, an officer in a flag-ship, corresponding to an aide-de-camp in the army; Flag′-off′icer, a naval officer privileged to carry a flag denoting his rank—admiral, vice-admiral, rear-admiral, or commodore; Flag′-ship, the ship in which an admiral sails, and which carries his flag; Flag′staff, a staff or pole on which a flag is displayed.—Flag of distress, a flag displayed as a signal of distress—usually upside down or at half-mast; Flag of truce, a white flag displayed during war when some pacific communication is intended between the hostile parties; Black flag, a pirate's flag, pirates generally; Dip the flag, to lower the flag and then hoist it—a token of respect; Hang out the red flag, to give a challenge to battle; Strike, or Lower, the flag, to pull it down as a token of respect, submission, or surrender; White flag, an emblem of peace; Yellow flag, hoisted to show pestilence on board, also over ships, &c., in quarantine, and hospitals, &c., in time of war. [Prob. Scand.; Dan. flag; Dut. vlag, Ger. flagge.]

  4. Flag

    flag, n. a stone that separates in flakes or layers: a flat stone used for paving—also Flag′stone.—v.t. to pave with flagstones.—n. Flag′ging, flagstones: a pavement of flagstones. [A form of flake; Ice. flaga, a flag or slab.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. flag

    [very common] A variable or quantity that can take on one of two values; a bit, particularly one that is used to indicate one of two outcomes or is used to control which of two things is to be done. “This flag controls whether to clear the screen before printing the message.” “The program status word contains several flag bits.” Used of humans analogously to bit. See also hidden flag, mode bit.

Suggested Resources

  1. FLAG

    What does FLAG stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the FLAG acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flag' in Nouns Frequency: #1821


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flag in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Du Preez:

    That was a red flag.

  2. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

    Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.

  3. Nikki Haley:

    The flag is the beginning; it can't be the end.

  4. Michelle Manhart:

    I walked up, picked up the flag and walked away.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    By taking down that flag we express God's grace.

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