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 Voice of America is the flagship of American government efforts to broadcast its values abroad. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "White House Mounts Heated Attack on a U.S. Government Media Voice," 10 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile the Lincoln Continental, Ford Motor's flagship of 20th century luxury, returned in 2017 after a 15-year absence to paltry sales numbers in a world that had largely moved on. Andrew Moseman, Fortune, "When reinventing a classic car name works—and why it fails," 7 Apr. 2020 That wasn’t always true: Over the decades the neighborhood, and the wider downtown shopping district, has been home to, among others, the flagship Kroch’s and Brentano’s, a Waterstones, and most recently, a Borders. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "An indie bookstore opens in the glittering 900 North Michigan mall. So are bookstores are back?," 8 Dec. 2019 The company's two new chips are the flagship Snapdragon 865, which also includes an add-on X55 5G modem, and the mid-tier Snapdragon 765 or 765G with integrated 5G capabilities. Wired, "Qualcomm Bets Big on 5G With Its Newest Mobile Chips," 4 Dec. 2019 The flagship of this little winery in Oregon showcases the best of the Willamette Valley. Birmingham Magazine, al, "6 recommendations for red and white Thanksgiving wines," 27 Nov. 2019 Based loosely on the Brian Stelter book Top of the Morning, the series was to be the flagship for an ambitious new streaming service. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside Apple's Long, Bumpy Road to Hollywood," 15 Oct. 2019 For two decades, the COMO Shambhala Estate—the flagship of the luxury wellness brand of the same name—has reigned as a five-star refuge for luxury travelers seeking to say farewell to stress and hello to spiritual development. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Spas in the U.S. & Around the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 Battleship Texas was the flagship of the D-Day invasion at Normandy. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Historian: Why Battleship Texas is so special," 20 Sep. 2019

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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 May. 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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