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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WeWork recently bought the former Manhattan flagship of Lord & Taylor, a troubled retailer, and is likely to buy more buildings using external capital. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 Much of the credit for the American right’s victory on Monday goes to Leonard Leo, a highly influential figure in the Federalist Society, the flagship of the conservative legal movement. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018 Burgers & Brewhouse's building is complete, the beer is kegged and servers are ready to greet customers Monday for the soft opening of the mini-empire's flagship restaurant and brewery. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Former Burgers & Brew contractor sues for $1.2 million as brewery nears opening," 22 June 2018 At his flagship restaurant in downtown Hartford, three giant overhead fans spun lazily as the sound system played rowdy blues, and a trio of colossal, stainless-steel Cookshack smokers glimmered in the kitchen. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Talking With The Bear: Jamie McDonald Of Bear's Smokehouse," 21 June 2018 On Monday, the company said the name change is restricted to IHOP’s flagship restaurant in Hollywood, Calif., where the caddies that normally contain pancake syrup will be filled with mustard and ketchup. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Some People Don’t Know What the P Means in IHOP, Let Alone the I, H and O," 11 June 2018 The event is being hosted by film mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, at Spago — Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant — and tickets are $25,000, according to an invitation obtained by The Times. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "California campaign watchdog panel ends power struggle with sweeping changes to commission structure," 4 June 2018 J&G Steakhouse, the resort's flagship restaurant, is closing until early September for a renovation and redesign. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The Phoenician is closing two restaurants, including J&G Steakhouse on June 3," 31 May 2018 Mina’s flagship restaurant, Michael Mina, is moving away from the modern American menu that earned it a Michelin star and implementing a six-course, $155 tasting menu based on Middle Eastern cuisine. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Michael Mina’s flagship restaurant shifts to Middle Eastern theme," 29 May 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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