su·​per·​tank·​er ˈsü-pər-ˌtaŋ-kər How to pronounce supertanker (audio)
plural supertankers
: an exceptionally large and fast cargo ship fitted with tanks for carrying liquid (such as oil) in bulk
… vessels of more than 35,000 tons—large but no giants in a world of supertankers William H. MacLeish
… interrupts the … discussion with a warning that supertankers carrying liquefied gas are extremely dangerous. John Hersey

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of supertanker was in 1921

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Cite this Entry

“Supertanker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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