[ bat-l-ship ]
/ ˈbæt lˌʃɪp /


any of a class of warships that are the most heavily armored and are equipped with the most powerful armament.

Origin of battleship

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; battle1 + ship1

Example sentences from the Web for battleship

British Dictionary definitions for battleship

/ (ˈbætəlˌʃɪp) /


a heavily armoured warship of the largest type having many large-calibre guns
(formerly) a warship of sufficient size and armament to take her place in the line of battle; ship of the line