a ship built or armed for combat purposes.
Also called war vessel.

1525–35; war1 + ship

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warship (ˈwɔːˌʃɪp)
a vessel armed, armoured, and otherwise equipped for naval warfare

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Word Origin & History

1533, from war + ship (n.).
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It's neither a yacht nor a pleasure cruiser, but a gun-gray warship.
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