Definition of flagship in US English:



  • 1The ship in a fleet which carries the commanding admiral.

    • ‘Aboard his flagship, he stared coldly out the window as the vessel slowed to a halt.’
    • ‘Warburton-Lee was killed, his flagship had to be beached, two other destroyers were damaged, and a third was sunk.’
    • ‘The titanic shapes of the flagship Nelson and her twin, the Rodney, dominated the view.’
    • ‘This is not just for New Zealand flagships; it is for international flagships.’
    • ‘It is the flagship of the fleet and is very large, you'll soon come to realize.’
    • ‘The destroyers have also been fitted with command and control facilities that allow them to serve as flagships for Canadian or allied task groups.’
    • ‘Just approaching the warship sends a shiver down the spine of the anybody with a sense of history, as she looks every inch the flagship in her prime.’
    • ‘Thai Marines and Naval units took him prisoner and held him aboard the flagship.’
    • ‘He was supposed to be on a flagship or at least one of the larger ships of the fleet.’
    • ‘The flagship of the fleet, it leaves all others trailing in its wake.’
    • ‘Cornwall is due to hand over her flagship duties to sister ship HMS Campbeltown in October.’
    • ‘Both Dutch flagships and nine other ships were taken during a 2 ½ hour action, more than half their force.’
    • ‘As the flagship of Admiral Lord Howe, she played an important part in the early stages of the war with France.’
    • ‘The flagship of the Russian Pacific fleet visited Shanghai late last year.’
    • ‘One of the most famous names in RN history has bowed out, handing over the title of the nation's flagship to her sister.’
    1. 1.1 The best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular organization.
      ‘this bill is the flagship of the administration's legislative program’
      as modifier ‘their flagship product’
      • ‘The Italian label, which has just opened a new London flagship store, really does make some of the best outerwear around.’
      • ‘Her current assignment is getting the new flagship store up and running well in time for Christmas.’
      • ‘The sale of Bradford's flagship department store could become a positive opportunity for the city, it was claimed today.’
      • ‘One of the joys of the flagship store in Freeport, Maine is that it is open 24 hours.’
      • ‘Johnson was innovative enough to create product extensions of his flagship brand.’
      • ‘A flagship London store opened last September, and there are plans to open six more stores worldwide this year.’
      • ‘The Welcome Centre is considered by other major funders as a flagship organisation.’
      • ‘It said the opening of its flagship store would be followed by an expansion throughout the country.’
      • ‘Plans are already afoot to extend the product range and open the label's first flagship Berlin store this year.’
      • ‘One of the key things that has worked in the firm's favour over the years is owning the flagship store at 87 George Street.’
      • ‘A flagship Glasgow store would be a snub to Edinburgh which had harboured dreams of attracting the company.’
      • ‘Its flagship store in Princes Street recently hired a new manager.’
      • ‘The power bike's a flagship product, the kind of thing that could support a whole company.’
      • ‘The design of the store will be closely modelled on the company's flagship store in Oxford Street.’
      • ‘Due to legal reasons I cannot divulge the name of this flagship product.’
      • ‘We have been launching our flagship products in India for a long time.’
      • ‘Perfume houses take very great care to ensure that the ingredients of their flagship products are kept under wraps.’
      • ‘The company may also set up separate flagship stores for its brands to further the aim of brand identity.’
      • ‘It now only has the flagship Regent Street store left, which is valued at £19.6m.’
      • ‘This is supposed to be their flagship bill, but press reports have suggested they might lose the vote.’