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  1. the destruction or loss of a ship, as by sinking.

  2. the remains of a wrecked ship.

  1. destruction or ruin: the shipwreck of one's hopes.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to suffer shipwreck.

  2. to destroy; ruin.

verb (used without object)
  1. to suffer shipwreck.

Origin of shipwreck

before 1100; Middle English shipwrech remains of a shipwreck; see ship1, wreck; replacing Old English scipwræc (see wrack) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shipwreck in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shipwreck


/ (ˈʃɪpˌrɛk) /

  1. the partial or total destruction of a ship at sea

  2. a wrecked ship or part of such a ship

  1. ruin or destruction: the shipwreck of all my hopes

  1. to wreck or destroy (a ship)

  2. to bring to ruin or destruction

Origin of shipwreck

Old English scipwræc, from ship + wræc something driven by the sea; see wrack ²

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