Flying Dutchman


: a legendary Dutch mariner condemned to sail the seas until Judgment Day
: a spectral ship that according to legend haunts the seas near the Cape of Good Hope

Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Flying Dutchman was in 1813

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“Flying Dutchman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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