from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who carries a flag, especially at a ceremony.
  • n. One who openly promotes an idea or value and becomes symbolic for it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who bears a flag.


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  • We were admired and respected as the flag-bearer of a free and democratic nation.

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  • Downturn creates new hurdles for Olympic site's flag-bearer

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  • Which is the whole point of the confederate flag question in the first place … a flag can symbolize certain things to certain people without these things being adopted or advocated by the flag-bearer in their use of the flag for other purposes.

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  • He acknowledged his team was now a flag-bearer for a continent.

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  • The sentiment was echoed in cheers that erupted across South Africa and in the calls of politicians and newspaper editorials for all Africans to rally round their sole flag-bearer.

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  • At eleven that night, after back-to-back fourteen-hour days of competition—ten events, draining humidity, evening chill, rain delays, unbearable tension, and the accumulation of an Olympic record—Rafer Johnson left the Stadio Olimpico for the last time, retracing the steps he had taken nearly two weeks earlier as the captain and flag-bearer for the U.S. Olympic team.

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  • In his first year as a starter in 2007, Benson rushed for a paltry 674 yards — and had a tendency to fumble — as the flag-bearer for a 30th-ranked rushing game.

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  • South Africa's flag-bearer in the Opening Ceremonies, du Toit admitted she had higher expectations for the race, particularly after her fourth-place finish in the Seville marathon in May.

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  • Their railing that the failures and shortcomings of their flag-bearer are the result of some media conspiracy, the DNC, or sexism – anything other than her own responsibility, is unworthy of adults.

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  • The two men had first gotten to know each other as pillars of the New York Republican Party in the 1890s—Harriman as its leading financial supporter and Roosevelt its rising flag-bearer.



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