Full record for starfleet n.

Definition a fleet of starships
OED requirements antedating 1939
Earliest cite Lester del Rey, "The Luck of Ignatz"
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1972 cite from Ursula Le Guin's "The Word for World is Forest".
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1998 reprint of L. E. Modesitt Jr's 1996 "Adiamante".
Michael Dolbear subitted a cite from a 1998 reprint of William Barton and Michael Capobianco's 1997 "Alpha Centauri".
Michael Dolbear subitted a cite from a 1996 reprint of Jane Yolen's 19982 "Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes".
Michael Dolbear submitted a 1997 cite from Patricia L. Pereira's "Eagles of the New Dawn".
Michael Dolbear submitted a 1999 cite from Julian May's "Perseus Spur".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1959 reprint of Lester del Rey's "The Luck of Ignatz": Mike Christie verified it in its original publication (Astounding Science Fiction, August 1939)

Not yet in the OED
Earliest cite in Brave new words: 1968

Last modified 31 July, 2019

Citations for starfleet n.

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1939 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Aug. 10/2 The luckiest man in the star fleet, the Master had been head tester for the new rocket models until the O.M. decided he needed a rest and sent him to Venus.
1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 173 It contains?complete information on nearly all personnel in the Starfleet.
1972 U. K. Le Guin The Word for World is Forest in H. Ellison Again, Dangerous Visions 64 A Starfleet ship's commander bootlicking two humanoids.
1982 J. Yolen Command Toad and Planet of Grapes 14 She wipes her nose with a regulation starfleet nose-kerchief and prepares to leap from the skimmer.
1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor i. 33 These aren't members of Starfleet. They're civilian employees.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape xxiv. 240 Torres recognized her own about-face. ‘Believe me, Captain, after this experience, Starfleet looks almost good to me.’
1996 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Adiamante 63 Control had once been the central operations focus for the starfleets of the Rebuilt Hegemony, and had hummed with activity.
1997 W. Barton & M. Capobianco Alpha Centauri 153 It may be ICOPOSI will whip up its own starfleet.
1997 W. Shatner Avenger i. 6 His father's leave from Starfleet had been canceled.
1997 P. L. Pereira Eagles of New Dawn 205 The intergalactic starfleet comprises a body of integrated Souls of multisystem origin.
1998 J. May Perseus Spar 238 By now the data been transmitted to Elgar's superiors at Galapharma–and to the Haluk Starfleet.