[ lawng-ship, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˌʃɪp, ˈlɒŋ- /


a medieval ship used in northern Europe especially by the Norse, having a long, narrow, open hull, a single square sail, and a large number of oars, which provided most of the propulsion.

Origin of longship

First recorded in 1560–70; long1 + ship1
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British Dictionary definitions for longship

/ (ˈlɒŋˌʃɪp) /


a narrow open vessel with oars and a square sail, used esp by the Vikings during medieval times
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