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flagship

[flag-ship] /ˈflægˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
a ship carrying the flag officer or the commander of a fleet, squadron, or the like, and displaying the officer's flag.
2.
the main vessel of a shipping line.
3.
any of the best or largest ships or airplanes operated by a passenger line.
4.
the best or most important one of a group or system:
This store is the flagship of our retail chain.
adjective
5.
being or constituting a flagship.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; flag1 + ship
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British Dictionary definitions for flagship

flagship

/ˈflæɡˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
a ship, esp in a fleet, aboard which the commander of the fleet is quartered
2.
the most important ship belonging to a shipping company
3.
a single item from a related group considered as the most important, often in establishing a public image: the nine o'clock news is the flagship of the BBC
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Word Origin and History for flagship
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flagship

flagship

modifier

: and not one damn word in the nation's flagship papers

noun

The most imposing constituent; premier specimen: This car's the flagship of the line (1955+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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