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Definition of first-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to first class
2 : of the highest quality a first-class meal

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Definition of first class (Entry 2 of 2)

: the first or highest group in a classification: such as
a : the highest of usually three classes of travel accommodations
b : a class of mail that comprises letters, postcards, or matter sealed against inspection

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first-class adverb

Examples of first-class in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The center, the first of two that are planned, is preparing to graduate its first class of surface warfare officers. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 In 1955, the US Air Force Academy swore in its first class of cadets at its temporary quarters at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado., 11 July 2021 Students at Noorda and, until now, at Rocky Vista, committed to medical schools that did not have full accreditation; that only becomes available after a school graduates its first class. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 The Senior Bowl Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1988, when the members were Joe Green, Lee Roy Jordan, Steve Largent, Joe Namath, Walter Payton, Bubba Smith, Pat Sullivan, Jim Taylor and Travis Tidwell. Mark Inabinett |, al, 24 June 2021 The second Indianapolis school, located in Broad Ripple, will graduate its first class next year and South Bend in the following. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 15 June 2021 Here's everything a Pilates newbie needs to know to enjoy their first class. Emily Abbate, SELF, 8 June 2021 Since their first class in 1988, the Parkses have received requests from law enforcement agencies in other states to come teach classes. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2021 Entering the month of April, Oregon State was in search of its first class of 2022 pledge, but has added three in the past two weeks - Florida four-star inside linebacker Melvin Jordan, Texas three-star running back Damien Martinez and Prusia. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of first-class


1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first-class was in 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of first-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to first class
: of the best quality : of the highest excellence

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English Language Learners Definition of first class (Entry 2 of 2)

: the best of usually three kinds of service you can have when you travel
: a class of mail in the U.S. that includes letters and postcards
: a class of mail in the U.K. that includes letters and packages which are delivered sooner than ordinary second-class mail but cost more to send


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Kids Definition of first-class

1 : relating to the best group in a classification
2 : excellent

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