union jack
noun Date: 1674 1. a jack consisting of the union of a national ensign 2. capitalized U&J the state flag of the United Kingdom consisting of the union of the British national ensign

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  • union jack — n. 1. a jack, or flag, consisting only of a UNION (sense 3), esp. of the union of a national flag 2. [U J ] the national flag of the United Kingdom …   English World dictionary

  • Union Jack — n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: jack flag (17 20 centuries)] the national flag of the United Kingdom …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Union Jack — (spr. jūnjön dschäck), in Nordamerika die »kleine« Unionsflagge (Union flag); auch die Nationalflagge von Großbritannien (s. d., S. 381, und die Textbeilage zur Tafel »Flaggen I«). Vgl. Cumberland, History of the U. J. (Lond. 1901) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Union Jack — Union Jacks N COUNT: usu sing, oft the N The Union Jack is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It consists of a blue background with red and white crosses on it …   English dictionary

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  • Union Jack — (spr. Junten Dschäck), kleine blaue Fahne mit den Sternen der Vereinigten Staaten; gewöhnlich am Bugspriet angebracht …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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