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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Definitions for ship

  1. to take an interest in or hope for a romantic relationship between (fictional characters or famous people), whether or not the romance actually exists: I’m shipping for those guys—they would make a great couple!
  2. Slang. a romantic relationship between fictional characters or famous people, especially one that people discuss, write about, or take an interest in, whether or not the romance actually exists: popular ships in fan fiction.

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Citations for ship
The characters are ‘shipped by enough people that the duo has a name: Reylo. Alexis Rhiannon, "Kylo Ren & Rey's 'Last Jedi' Relationship Is Tearing The Fandom Apart & Here's Why," Bustle, December 2017
It’s a popular misunderstanding that one can only ship two characters who are not already romantically involved on a show. In fact, it’s perfectly appropriate to ship, for example, Jim and Pam from “The Office.” Jonah Engel Bromwich, "Who Do You Ship? What Tumblr Tells Us About Fan Culture," New York Times, December 4, 2017
Origin of ship
900
The verb ship, originally meaning “to discuss or portray a romantic couple in fiction, especially in a serial” is a shortening of (relation)ship and dates only from 1996.