a ship built or armed for combat purposes.

Origin of warship

First recorded in 1525–35; war1 + ship1
Also called war vessel.
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Examples from the Web for warship

Contemporary Examples of warship

Historical Examples of warship

  • The object may be as small as a grain of dust or as big as a warship; to the water it is all the same.

  • But why was not the warship dropped somewhere, as the buildings have been?

  • The Dutch warship is to the northward watching the main entrance.

    Almayer's Folly

    Joseph Conrad

  • I blew out the tanks and rose, for there was no sign of any warship near.

    Danger! and Other Stories

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The ship on the ways still resembled a warship to six places.

    The Misplaced Battleship

    Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)

British Dictionary definitions for warship



a vessel armed, armoured, and otherwise equipped for naval warfare
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Word Origin and History for warship

1530s, from war (n.) + ship (n.).

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