Union Jack

Union Jack 1670s, from UNION (Cf. union) + JACK (Cf. jack) (n.); properly a small British union flag flown as the jack of a ship, but it has long been in use as a general name for the union flag. The Union flag (1630s) was introduced to symbolize the union of the crowns of England and Scotland (in 1603) and was formed of a combination of the cross saltire of St. Andrew and the cross of St. George. The cross saltire of St. Patrick was added 1801 upon the union of parliaments of Great Britain and Ireland.

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  • Union Jack — Union Jack[1] Vexillologisches Symbol …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • union jack — Jack Jack (j[a^]k), n. [F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. ?, Heb. Ya aq[=o]b Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. {Jacobite}, {Jockey}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John. [1913 Webster] You… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • union jack — ( pavillon de l Union ) drapeau du Royaume Uni de Grande Bretagne et d écosse (1606), modifié en 1800 (par l adjonction de la croix de Saint Patrick) quand l Irlande rejoignit l Angleterre (croix de Saint George) et l écosse (croix de Saint… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Union jack — Union Un ion (?; 277), n. [F., from L. unio oneness, union, a single large pearl, a kind of onion, fr. unus one. See {One}, and cf. {Onion}, {Unit}.] 1. The act of uniting or joining two or more things into one, or the state of being united or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • Union Jack — (also Union flag) ► NOUN ▪ the national flag of the United Kingdom …   English terms dictionary

  • 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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