Old Glory

Old Glory
noun
the national flag of the United States of America
Hypernyms: ↑flag

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noun [noncount]
: the flag of the United States

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ˌOld ˈGlory noun (NAmE)
a name for the flag of the US
 
Culture:
The US flag, usually called the Stars and Stripes, is an important symbol to all Americans. It is also known as Old Glory or the Star-Spangled Banner. During the revolution against Britain, George ↑Washington asked Betsy Ross to make a flag as an encouragement for his soldiers. This flag had 13 stripes, seven red and six white, and in one corner 13 white stars on a blue background to represent the 13 states. On 14 June 1777 it became the flag of the independent US. As each new state became part of the US an extra star was added.
Today, the flag is widely seen in the US. Government offices and schools have flags flying from flagpoles, and many people have flags outside their houses, especially on ↑Independence Day. Children start the school day by saying the ↑Pledge of Allegiance, a promise to be loyal to the flag and to their country. When somebody important dies, flags are flown at half mast / AmE half staff. When a soldier dies, his or her coffin is covered with a flag, and after the funeral the flag is given to the family. The flag has also been used as a symbol of protest, especially during the ↑Vietnam War, when some people burnt the flag to show that they were ashamed of their country’s actions.
Each of the US states also has its own flag. State flags may show the state flower or bird, or other emblem.
 
Culture:
The name ‘Old Glory’ was first used by William Driver, a ship’s captain from ↑Massachusetts, in 1831.
See also Stars and Stripes, See also Star-Spangled Banner
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Old Glory — ☆ Old Glory n. the flag of the United States * * * a popular name for the US flag, first used by William Driver, a ship’s captain from Massachusetts, in 1831. See also Stars and Stripes, Star Spangled Banner. * * * …   Universalium

  • Old Glory — n [U] AmE informal the flag of the US …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Old Glory — noun singular AMERICAN INFORMAL the flag of the United States …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Old Glory — ► NOUN US informal ▪ the US national flag …   English terms dictionary

  • Old Glory — ☆ Old Glory n. the flag of the United States …   English World dictionary

  • Old Glory — For other uses, see Old Glory (disambiguation). Flag of the United States Old Glory is a common nickname for the flag of the United States, bestowed by William Driver, an early nineteenth century American sea captain. However, it also refers… …   Wikipedia

  • Old Glory — noun The flag of the United States. Well, weve got to do something to celebrate. We havent got a flag, we cant float Old Glory proudly out the window. So Im going to wear this, as an emblem. Syn: stars and stripes …   Wiktionary

  • Old Glory — N UNCOUNT People sometimes refer to the flag of the United States as Old Glory. [AM] …   English dictionary

  • Old Glory — Old′ Glo′ry n. gov Stars and Stripes …   From formal English to slang

  • Old Glory — noun Date: 1862 the flag of the United States …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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