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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the weekend opened, all four were given the red-carpet treatment, flying first class, staying in fine hotels and getting limo service to the stadium. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio veteran, 100, honored at Super Bowl coin toss," 3 Feb. 2020 Freeman has repeatedly spent the federal funds to upgrade flights to premium class seats and once to first class. oregonlive, "Pet travel, flight upgrades, meeting with a conspiracy theorist: How a struggling Oregon county spent federal safety net money," 16 Jan. 2020 The Delta flight crew immediately upgraded Lambert to first class. Washington Post, "For D-Day survivor, perhaps last trip to Omaha Beach," 12 June 2019 For example, Lufthansa passengers can update not only to first class but to business or premium economy seats. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Airlines’ latest customer shakedown? Making you bid for a seat upgrade.," 14 Sep. 2018 People come to a first class and start sitting on the floor and crossing their legs. Roy S. Johnson,, "From Christianity to meditation evangelist: an Alabamian's un-Southern faith journey," 30 Mar. 2018 For essential flying that’s happening now, some airlines are having airport gate agents process the final seating chart—including things like upgrades to first class—to ensure optimal distance between passengers. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Ways COVID-19 Could Change How We Book Plane Tickets," 15 May 2020 Delta has pledged to cap seating at 50% in first class and 60% in Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin, and eliminated the middle seat as an option for seat assignment. Anchorage Daily News, "More people are flying again. Here’s what to expect at airports and on planes.," 15 May 2020 The 7-foot-1 center concluded his prep career with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, eight rebounds and five blocked shots in a 75-56 win over Cross Creek as Woodward claimed its first Class 4A championship. Usa Today High School Sports, USA TODAY, "Premier award finalists revealed for USA TODAY High School Sports Awards in Atlanta," 13 May 2020

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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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“First-class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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

first class


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

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