war·​ship ˈwȯr-ˌship How to pronounce warship (audio)
: a naval vessel

Examples of warship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The story of the shipwreck of an 18th century British warship and a mutiny among the survivors. The California Independent Booksellers Alliance, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The group includes two local warships — USS Lake Erie, a cruiser, and USS Halsey, a destroyer. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 After the pirates fired on the drone, destroying it, and then on the Indian warship itself, the Kolkata responded by firing on the Ruen, disabling its steering and navigation, the statement said. Brad Lendon, CNN, 19 Mar. 2024 But there’s no denying the danger for personnel aboard American planes and warships in a theater as volatile as the Middle East. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2024 The crew burned the remains of the warship to make sure its guns did not fall into enemy hands. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 15 Mar. 2024 The victories have been all the more surprising because Ukraine does not have a traditional navy or a fleet of warships. Paul Sonne, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 This includes taking an active role in introducing sailors and crewmembers of the new warship to the culture of Arizona. Coleby Phillips, The Arizona Republic, 27 Feb. 2024 Likewise, the loss of a single tank is hardly comparable to that of a warship—such as the Russian Navy's flagship Moskva, which was sunk in the spring of 2022—or the recent capture of Avdiivka. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of warship was in 1533

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“Warship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warship. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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war·​ship ˈwȯ(ə)r-ˌship How to pronounce warship (audio)
: a ship armed for combat
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