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flag +‎ ship


  • IPA(key): /ˈflæɡʃɪp/
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flagship (plural flagships)

  1. (maritime, military) The ship occupied by the fleet's commander (usually an admiral); it denotes this by flying his flag.
  2. (maritime) The ship regarded as most important out of a group, e.g. a nation's navy or company's fleet.
  3. (by extension) The most important one out of a related group.
    The retail company's store in London is their flagship.
    • 2017 October 2, Jess Cartner-Morle, “Stella McCartney lays waste to disposable fashion in Paris”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Next year, Stella McCartney’s London flagship store will move from Bruton Street to a landmark Old Bond Street location. The move is the most prominent symbol of the label’s strong financial results.

Usage notes[edit]

The word flagship is often used as an attributive noun, as in:

The company’s shop in London is their flagship store.

Although this usage looks like an adjective, it is not, and should not be confused with that part of speech.




flagship (third-person singular simple present flagships, present participle flagshipping, simple past and past participle flagshipped)

  1. To act as a flagship for