1. a ship carrying the flag officer or the commander of a fleet, squadron, or the like, and displaying the officer’s flag.
  2. the main vessel of a shipping company.
  3. any of the best or largest ships or airplanes operated by a passenger line.
  4. the best or most important one of a group or system: This store is the flagship of our retail chain.


  1. being or constituting a flagship.


  1. a ship, esp in a fleet, aboard which the commander of the fleet is quartered
  2. the most important ship belonging to a shipping company
  3. a single item from a related group considered as the most important, often in establishing a public imagethe nine o’clock news is the flagship of the BBC

1670s, ship bearing an admiral’s flag, from flag (n.) + ship (n.). Figurative use by 1933.

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