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burgee

[bur-jee, bur-jee] /ˈbɜr dʒi, bɜrˈdʒi/
noun
1.
a triangular flag or one having a shallow, angular indentation in the fly, forming two tails, used as an identification flag, especially by yachts.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; perhaps shortening of *burgee's flag, by reanalysis of *burgess flag, burgess translating French bourgeois in sense “owner” (of a ship)
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  • The vessel presented a splendid appearance as she came across with her burgee and ensign flying.
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burgee

/ˈbɜːdʒiː/
noun
1.
(nautical) a triangular or swallow-tailed flag flown from the mast of a merchant ship for identification and from the mast of a yacht to indicate its owner's membership of a particular yacht club
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from French (Jersey dialect) bourgeais shipowner, from Old French borgeis; see bourgeois1, burgess
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