star·​ship ˈstär-ˌship How to pronounce starship (audio)
: a spacecraft designed for interstellar travel

Examples of starship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The title, from Picard’s signature command, is a nod to the starship captain’s primacy in his life, and also perhaps a tease, a hint that herein lie the secrets to the creation of that galactic sense of empathy. WIRED, 3 Oct. 2023 The show leads audiences alongside a starship crew seeking refuge on the hostile Planet 85K: Aurora. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Certainly, the cast bursting into song (and the occasional dance), with music dropping in from … somewhere, is no more nonsensical than about, oh, a hundred things that have happened to the various starship crews over nearly six decades. Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2023 The trailer showcases the unknown force that has been attacking starships across the galaxy, as well as the how the prospect of promotion for the show’s junior officers on the U.S.S. Cerritos leads to all kinds of madcap shenanigans. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 22 July 2023 Fans can also see replicas of a loth-cat and Ahsoka’s starship (a T-6 Jedi Shuttle) as well as artwork from the series. — Abby Hamblin The Adult Swim Festival (Carlos Rico / The San Diego Union-Tribune) The Adult Swim Festival is back with games, rides, concerts, comedy and more. Hannah Ramirez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2023 Bastions of complex life—in Florida or elsewhere—support all life; devaluing them or destroying them is, ultimately, like jettisoning the greenhouse gardens from a starship headed to Mars. Time, 12 July 2023 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which follows the planet-exploring voyages of the starship Enterprise before the heyday of Captain Kirk, is heading back for a second season. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 15 June 2023 The existing version of Microsoft Flight Simulator is also getting a Dune expansion on November 3rd, complete with one of the starships from the movie. Tom Warren, The Verge, 11 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of starship was in 1882

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“Starship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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star·​ship ˈstär-ˌship How to pronounce starship (audio)
: a vehicle designed for travel between stars
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