flag·​ship | \ˈflag-ˌship \

Definition of flagship 

1 : the ship that carries the commander of a fleet or subdivision of a fleet and flies the commander's flag

2 : the finest, largest, or most important one of a group of things (such as products, stores, etc.) often used before another noun the company's flagship storeThe traveling media crew comprises seven beat writers and a reporter from WFAN, the team's flagship station and the granddaddy of all-sports radio.— Hank Hersch

Examples of flagship in a Sentence

the flagship of the Atlantic fleet

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Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker by volume, is preparing three versions of its next flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone, with displays that range in size from 5.8 inches to 6.4 inches, the people said, versus two variants in previous years. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung’s Top-Secret Galaxy S Phone Is a 5G Monster With Six Cameras," 20 Nov. 2018 That makes it our Android flagship of choice at the moment. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 Small Ship Line #15: Star Clippers Star Clippers is home to a fleet of three ships, with its flagship, Royal Clipper holding the record as the world’s largest full-rigged sailing ship. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Chris Welch / The Verge Samsung unveiled its flagship Galaxy Note 9, which looks nearly identical to its S9 predecessor but boasts a bigger screen, a huge battery and a more powerful S Pen. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Fortnite is now available on Android — just in time for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9," 10 Aug. 2018 Russian authorities at the time closed a dozen restaurants nationwide, including the Moscow flagship, and subjected hundreds of others to snap health inspections. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "In Russia, McDonald’s Serves Local Fries and a Side of Realpolitik," 8 Nov. 2018 Google has made big strides here and now has a display worthy of a flagship. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 Most public universities, including the state flagships in Maryland and Virginia, do not require essay scores. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Pencils down: Major colleges stop requiring essay test for admission," 10 July 2018 The P21 Pro flagship from Huawei is the first to include three lenses: one color, one monochrome (to help with depth and lowlight situations), and one 3x zoom. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras and charge over thin air.," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of flagship

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flagship

: the ship that carries the commander of a group of ships

: the best, largest, or most important one of a group of things (such as products, stores, etc.)


flag·​ship | \ˈflag-ˌship \

Kids Definition of flagship

: the ship carrying the commander of a group of ships and flying a flag that tells the commander's rank

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