supertanker

noun
su·​per·​tank·​er | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌtaŋ-kər How to pronounce supertanker (audio) \
plural supertankers

Definition of supertanker

: 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

First Known Use of supertanker

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Supertanker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supertanker. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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supertanker

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English Language Learners Definition of supertanker

: a very large ship that has tanks for carrying large amounts of liquid

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