Definition of longship in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒŋʃɪp/


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A long, narrow warship, powered by both oar and sail with many rowers, used by the Vikings and other ancient northern European peoples.
Example sentences
  • The Orkney Museum's latest items include models of a Viking longship and a sailing ship as well as children's toys and domestic artefacts.
  • Viking longships sailed up the Mersey - and Norsemen may have settled on land between Altrincham and Lymm.
  • In 875, Alfred went to sea with a small naval force and on the south coast of Wessex met 7 Viking longships and defeated them.
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