[ flag-ship ]
/ ˈflægˌʃɪp /


a ship carrying the flag officer or the commander of a fleet, squadron, or the like, and displaying the officer's flag.
the main vessel of a shipping company.
any of the best or largest ships or airplanes operated by a passenger line.
the best or most important one of a group or system: This store is the flagship of our retail chain.


being or constituting a flagship.

Nearby words

  1. flagrance,
  2. flagrant,
  3. flagrante delicto,
  4. flagrantly,
  5. flags,
  6. flagstad,
  7. flagstad, kirsten,
  8. flagstaff,
  9. flagstick,
  10. flagstone

Origin of flagship

First recorded in 1665–75; flag1 + ship1

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British Dictionary definitions for flagship


/ (ˈflæɡˌʃɪp) /


a ship, esp in a fleet, aboard which the commander of the fleet is quartered
the most important ship belonging to a shipping company
a single item from a related group considered as the most important, often in establishing a public imagethe nine o'clock news is the flagship of the BBC
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Word Origin and History for flagship



1670s, ship bearing an admiral's flag, from flag (n.) + ship (n.). Figurative use by 1933.

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