ship of state

noun phrase

: the affairs of a state symbolized as a ship on a course

Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ship of state was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Ship of state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ship%20of%20state. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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