flagship

Traditionally, the commander of a navy traveled in the flagship, which was distinguished by flying his distinctive flag. You can also call the ship in the front of a fleet the flagship.

The flagship is generally the most powerful in some way — better armed, or larger, than the ships that follow it. Ultimately, the most important thing about a flagship is that it's first. Based on this meaning, another kind of flagship is something that's the first, best, or biggest example of something — a product, store, or program, for example. Starbucks' enormous flagship coffee shop, the company's largest and fanciest shop, is in Seattle, Washington.

Definitions of flagship
  1. noun
    the ship that carries the commander of a fleet and flies his flag
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    type of:
    ship
    a vessel that carries passengers or freight
  2. noun
    the chief one of a related group
    “it is their flagship newspaper”
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    type of:
    thing
    an artifact
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