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flag of truce

noun, Military
a white flag displayed as an invitation to the enemy to confer, or carried as a sign of peaceful intention by one sent to deal with the enemy.
Origin of flag of truce
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for flag of truce
  • At the end of some fifty hours he was brought off, with other wounded, under a flag of truce.
  • In a little while a flag of truce was displayed from a window, so at once the firing ceased.
  • Hunter sent a flag of truce to the fort that was immediately ignored.
  • The communications were forwarded by a flag of truce from the enemy, and are necessarily guarded in their language.
  • The flag of truce offering surrender came in about midnight.
  • About fifty came up to our pits with a flag of truce and surrendered themselves.
British Dictionary definitions for flag of truce

flag of truce

a white flag indicating the peaceful intent of its bearer or an invitation to an enemy to negotiate
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