flag·​ship | \ ˈflag-ˌship How to pronounce flagship (audio) \

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 nounthe 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
Recent Examples on the Web The retailer just opened a new flagship store in Osaka, Japan, that has two cafes inside, but food won’t be part of the Dallas expansion. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Louis Vuitton is building a bigger store at NorthPark Center," 19 Feb. 2020 What's more, Under Armour is considering abandoning plans to open a flagship store in New York City just a few blocks away from Nike's massive emporium on Fifth Avenue given the expense, in what would be a symbolically tough concession to reality. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Under Armour shares plunge 17% on grim forecast," 12 Feb. 2020 Readymade knockoffs of couture unattainables aren’t a dirty little secret anymore; fresh cheats can usually be found in bright flagship stores within a few blocks of the originals. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Waste Not, Shop Not," 11 Feb. 2020 Nordstrom is testing resale at its women's flagship store in Manhattan and online. Anchorage Daily News, "Retailers try clothing rental, but will it be a good fit?," 11 Feb. 2020 Its closure marks another blow to established retailers’ hopes of competing with Amazon.com and startups as more spending shifts online, and the big flagship stores that once seemed like such a big advantage are shrinking. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "Macy’s to lay off 831 workers as it closes SF tech division," 4 Feb. 2020 Macy's is closing its Downtown headquarters two years after shuttering its flagship store at Fountain Place, the company confirmed Tuesday. Randy Tucker, Alex Coolidge & Deon J. Hampton, Cincinnati.com, "Macy’s closing Cincinnati headquarters downtown," 4 Feb. 2020 Chambers’ nephew James Cox Kennedy announced her death to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her company’s flagship newspaper. USA TODAY, "Tibetan monks at turtle release, puppy rescue 911: News from around our 50 states," 3 Feb. 2020 Tiffany's Blue Box Café premiered at the company's Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City in 2017 and thrived before shutting down for renovations last November. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Louis Vuitton's new restaurant and flagship store opens in Japan," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of flagship

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flagship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagship. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce flagship (audio) \

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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