flag-ship

flagship

[flag-ship]
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:
1665–75; flag1 + ship

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flagship (ˈflæɡˌʃɪp)
 
n
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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flagship
1670s, ship bearing an admiral's flag, from flag (n.) + ship (n.).
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