long·​ship | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌship How to pronounce longship (audio) \

Definition of longship

: a long sail and oar ship used by the Vikings

Examples of longship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the reliefs above the tombs, an angel casts incense to the Hebridean winds and a bìrlinn, or Highland galley, sets sail, hauntingly similar to a Viking longship. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2021 Your average on-foot march, horse ride, or longship charge through the Dark Ages will include some form of organic interruption. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2020 In the horrific onslaught, those not killed outright are taken away in longships. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2020 Step aboard restored Viking longships in Oslo, and listen to Viking lore that has been passed down through the centuries. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 The newest cruise ships, known as longships, are essentially floating hotels, almost 450 feet long and able to accommodate several hundred guests. Marc Santora, New York Times, 11 June 2019 Tour Viking longship replica in Geneva A Viking warship replica will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Good Templar Park in Geneva. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, 12 July 2018 The second book compasses the long history of water-going vessels, from Mesopotamian rafts, Greek triremes and Viking longships to the ages of sail and steam and beyond. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 12 July 2018 On the carpet, a line drawing of a Viking longship, sections of which are repeated elsewhere in the decor. Marjie Lambert, chicagotribune.com, 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of longship

1770, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of longship was in 1770

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“Longship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longship. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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