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[flag-ship] /ˈflægˌʃɪp/
a ship carrying the flag officer or the commander of a fleet, squadron, or the like, and displaying the officer's flag.
the main vessel of a shipping company.
any of the best or largest ships or airplanes operated by a passenger line.
the best or most important one of a group or system:
This store is the flagship of our retail chain.
being or constituting a flagship.
Origin of flagship
1665-75; flag1 + ship1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The San Domingo (70 guns) blew up; the flagship Phœnix (80 guns), and three other ships of 70 guns, were taken.

  • As soon as this penetrated to the flagship, Grayson was decorated and given a flotilla.

    The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • As soon as we found room the flagship began to signal, and there followed a most fascinating game of general post.

    A Fleet in Being Rudyard Kipling
  • An answer from the flagship of the Black Fleet ahead had sounded.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
  • Well, after parley, he said he would put me on the flagship, and if I did well he would promote me.

    Real Soldiers of Fortune Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for flagship


a ship, esp in a fleet, aboard which the commander of the fleet is quartered
the most important ship belonging to a shipping company
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flagship

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



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


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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