Definition of Flying Dutchman

1. Noun. The captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day.

2. Noun. A phantom ship that is said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope.

Definition of Flying Dutchman

1. Proper noun. (nautical mythical) A Dutch-flagged clipper that is very fast sailing, and never makes it to port, seen on the high seas, where upon being hailed, occupants request information on persons long dead, or leave messages for said people. It is considered bad luck to meet said ship. ¹

2. Proper noun. (idiomatic) A ship of similar qualities to the Flying Dutchman. ¹

3. Proper noun. A ghost ship. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flying Dutchman

Flower's bone
Flower's dental index
Floyd's triangle
Floyd Bennett
Flury strain rabies virus
Flury strain vaccine
Fly River turtle
Fly River turtles
Flying Dutchman (current term)
Flying Fortress
Flying Spaghetti Monster
Flying V
Flynn-Aird syndrome
Flynn effect
Flynn phenomenon
Fock space
Fock spaces
Fock state
Fock states

Literary usage of Flying Dutchman

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1. The Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell: With Illustrations by James Russell Lowell (1891)
"DON'T Ы-lieve in the Flying Dutchman ? 1 've known the fellow for years ; My button I 've wrenched from hie clutch, man : I shudder whenever ..."

2. The Standard Operas, Their Plots and Their Music by George Putnam Upton (1914)
"The Flying Dutchman " Der Fliegende Hollander," romantic opera in three acts, ... Wagner conceived the idea of writing " The Flying Dutchman " during the ..."

3. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography by James Terry White, James T. White & Company (1898)
"... in "The Flying Dutchman." In 1874, she joined the Royal Opern House at Berlin as leading prima donna, by express desire of Emperor William aud Empress ..."

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