American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A white cloth or flag signaling truce or surrender.
- n. A flag with a white color, often used as a symbol of surrender.
- n. flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to signal surrender or to ask for a truce
“General Excelmans, who had just renewed his oath to Louis, pulled down with his own hands the white flag that was floating over the Tuileries, and hoisted the three-coloured banner.”
“The next time, Sir Henry, I suggest you fly a white flag and save the French the trouble of unsheathing their swords!”
“Smyrna and Salonica, the Phanariots of Constantinople, the peasants of Crete, and even of distant Cyprus, hang out the blue and white flag on feast days, talk Greek to their wives, and are just as much conscious of being Greeks as the citizens of Athens.”
“` ` We all stood still as mice, eying the stranger with looks in which fear and admiration were probably curiously blended, while Aunt Polly, taking the white flag from her color-bearer, advanced with a firm front to meet the foe who now, reinforced by several men, stood beside the way, evidently wondering what this queer parade was about.”
“In summer one hung out a white flag from West Park dock and Bilyou would row over for you, but when there was ice in the river one must walk or stay home.”
“So it was that in the small hours a gorracharra rider with a game leg and a white flag on his lance rode out of the Khalsa lines and down to Ferozepore, leaving behind two Sikh generals, one fat and frightened and t'other having hysterics with a pillow over his face, both conscious of duty well done, I don't doubt.”
“The men carried two flags-one the white flag of truce, and the other a complicated ensign bearing a coat of arms.”
“This had been going on for a short time, when a white flag was displayed from the windows of the Institute, whereupon the firing ceased, and the police rushed into the building.”
“The Second North Carolina Battalion was in unbroken line of battle with twenty thousand foemen advancing, but hoping re-enforcement, when the white flag of surrender passed.”
“` ` ` We'll form in procession, just as we came, and you, Benjie, may march at the head with this white flag a-wavin 'to let them know that we come in peace.”
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