black flag


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n black flag a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The five interlocking Olympic rings are black, blue, red, green, and yellow because at least one of these colors appears on every national flag.
    • Black flag See under Black.
    • Black flag the flag of a pirate, often bearing in white a skull and crossbones; a signal of defiance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Black flag a pirate's flag, pirates generally
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  • Jesse Jackson
    “Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white -- and we're all precious in God's sight.”
  • William Congreve
    “Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Scand.; Dan. flag; Dut. vlag, Ger. flagge.


In literature:

The sight of the black flag had struck ice into every heart, but the feeling was resolved into one of desperation.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
The Black Flag for ever!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
New York chose a white flag with a black beaver thereon.
"The Little Book of the Flag" by Eva March Tappan
And Mr. Seddon says he was always in favor of fighting under the black flag; but, I believe, he never proposed it.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
A black flag, the emblem of mourning, the device of sorrow and regret, waves over the field of Waterloo!
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
Again did her wide-open, staring eyes, under their black lashes, sport a Blue Peter, the flag of adventure.
"Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl" by Isabel Katherine Hornibrook
In such cases, he hung out the black flag, and gave no quarter.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by John Mackay Wilson
Black is the flag of betrayal in northern midwinter.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
And some that did come home had been chased by ships that spread the rovers' black flag.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
From the windows of one hung the red, yellow, and black Belgian flag.
"An American Girl Abroad" by Adeline Trafton
The doors of the garden-hall stood open, and from the flagstaff fluttered gayly a black-and-white flag.
"Gertrude's Marriage" by W. Heimburg
The black funereal flag was waving from the towers of Gyllensten as Arwed slowly approached it with the remains of poor Christine.
"Tales from the German. Volume I." by Carl Franz van der Velde
The khalifa's black flag was captured and sent home to Queen Victoria.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The great black flag of the Khalifa Abdullah towers high above them all.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
They looked back sorrowfully at the mansion, from whose summit a black flag was now waving.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
The black flag of extermination would be hailed with joy by the soldiers this moment as a just retaliation.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
While Black carefully lowered the flag on the other side Garth glanced around.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp
Black clouds waved like the Flags of Doom.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
Fanning Harding was white as a sheet as he saw an official with a black and white checkered flag step out into the field.
"The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship" by Margaret Burnham
As the black and red flag floated from the peak of the Styx, the Natties opened fire with their davids.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook

In poetry:

Arise, for black rebellion's flag,
Again may 'mongst us wave,
And traitors in our country's camp,
May dig our country's grave.
"Ye Patriot Sons Of Canada" by Thomas Frederick Young
And never yet, — O haughty Land,
Let us, at least, for this be praised —
Has one black, treason-guided hand
Ever against that flag been raised.
"Fifty Years (1863-1913)" by James Weldon Johnson
In vain the laughing girl will lean
To greet her love with love-lit eyes:
Down in some treacherous black ravine,
Clutching his flag, the dead boy lies.
"Ave Imperatrix" by Oscar Wilde
It glanced on flowing flag and rippling pennon,
And the white sails of ships;
And, from the frowning rampart, the black cannon
Hailed it with feverish lips.
"The Warden Of The Cinque Ports. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This pirate of the over sea,
No black-hulled brig he sails,
No black flag at the mizzen-peak
Flaunts death-heads to the gales.
Yet fiercer than the wild Corsair
This pirate of the upper air.
"The Hawk" by James Edwin Campbell
How wise, how brave, he was, how well
He bore himself, let history tell
While waves our flag o'er land and sea,
No black thread in its warp or weft;
He found dissevered States, he left
A grateful Nation, strong and free!
"Wilson" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The course is up High Noon to Black Mountain Lodge, where racers skin around the wing flag before removing their skins and returning to the base area via High Noon.
Gordon stayed on the track after being black flagged and intentionally wrecked Bowyer sparking the melee.
A black college student who drew complaints for displaying a Confederate flag in his dorm room window said he sees the banner as a symbol of Southern pride and not racism.
The black flag is now gone, but the confrontation between jihadists and moderates is just beginning.
Photographs he shot in the 1970s and '80s are considered to be the definitive portraits of the likes of the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and Run-DMC.
New Project From Black Flag's Greg Ginn .
Greg Ginn , the man behind Black Flag, is continuing to evolve musically.
In Cairo, some protesters scaled the wall of the US Embassy and tore down its American flag, replacing it with a black flag adorned with an emblem used by Islamic radicals.
I have a black banner over my doorway and am flying my flag upside down -- the signal for distress.
A coast guard frigate of the Black Sea Fleet raised the Ukrainian flag today and set off from a naval base in the Crimea for the Ukrainian port of Odessa, chased by other warships.
He gained a divisive reputation with his project/band Dirty Projectors and its 2007 release, Rise Above, a dismembering of songs from Black Flag's Damaged.
Cyber pirates continue to fly a black flag over online auctions, and victims have begun fighting back by suing auction sites for failing to root out fraud.
On Oct 20 at 9 am, department spokeswoman Tiara Richard said the suspect entered the pharmacy in the 800 block of W. Road to Six Flags donning a black mask.
Atari Teenage Riot releases second "Black Flags" edit with footage from Boots Riley and Steve Aoki.
Mary Lucia talks to legendary Black Flag frontman, spoken word artist, writer and activist Henry Rollins about topics ranging from today's tragedy in Connecticut to this week's Hurricane Sandy benefit and more.