flag·​ship ˈflag-ˌship How to pronounce flagship (audio)
: the ship that carries the commander of a fleet or subdivision of a fleet and flies the commander's flag
: 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 store
The 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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Word History

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flagship was in 1672

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“Flagship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagship. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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flag·​ship ˈflag-ˌship How to pronounce flagship (audio)
: the ship carrying the commander of a group of ships and flying the flag that tells the commander's rank
: the best, largest, or most important one of a group of things
the store is the company's flagship

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