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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And after raising $10 million to expand its operations, the young startup has established a sprawling new flagship center on Fifth Avenue. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Inside the New York Wellness Space That Could Be the Future of Primary Care," 30 Jan. 2019 The iPhone maker cited slowing economic growth in China as a main culprit for the move, which came amid longstanding investor fears that plateauing revenue from the company’s flagship product could hurt shares. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Overlap of Tech Earnings, Trade Talks, Fed Meeting Will Test Stocks," 27 Jan. 2019 Iran Air, the country’s flagship career, isn’t affected by the ban and remains able to fly to Germany. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Under U.S. Pressure, Germany Bans Iranian Airline," 21 Jan. 2019 This is particularly impressive because Marvel’s Avengers movies — the flagship team-up films featuring multiple heroes from the MCU — have historically done better than any of its solo superhero movies. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "2018 belonged to Black Panther. And it could change Marvel’s future.," 11 Dec. 2018 The flagship’s aesthetic is an ode to the modernist character of Japan, where Bottega Veneta has considerable clientele. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Bottega Veneta Just Opened Their Futuristic Six-Story Tokyo Flagship," 8 Dec. 2018 As part of the team's flagship Carbon Fibre product range, The Hammock bath keeps your bathtub off the ground, suspended from two walls. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Hammock Bathtub Is Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen Before," 28 Aug. 2018 The bezels when folded for use as a phone are also giant compared to modern edge-to-edge flagships, and the folding display Samsung has chosen makes the device very tall when closed. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The foldable phones are coming," 8 Nov. 2018 The latest is a crisp new branch of the group’s flagship, Bluecoast Seafood Grill, in a strip mall parking lot along Route 1 in Rehoboth. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Craig LaBan's first bite of the Delaware beaches | A dining guide," 15 June 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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