from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A ship that carries a fleet or squadron commander and bears the commander's flag.
  • noun The chief one of a related group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The ship which bears the flag-officer of a squadron or fleet, and on which his flag is displayed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) The vessel which carries the commanding officer of a fleet or squadron and flies his distinctive flag or pennant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun In a maritime fleet, the ship occupied by the fleet's commander (usually an admiral); it denotes this by flying his flag.
  • noun The most important one out of a related group.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the chief one of a related group
  • noun the ship that carries the commander of a fleet and flies his flag


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    August 16, 2015