first-class

1 of 2

adjective

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

first class

2 of 2

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

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Noun
The first class of players recruited by Cristobal was ranked eighth overall by 247sports when Rashada was committed, only the second time since 2008 that Miami has signed a top 10 class, but has ticked down to ninth overall. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Funding came through earlier this year, and about a dozen participating CCUV teachers are undergoing mentorship training now with the aim to have the first class of trainees in place early next year. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2022 Alas, this isn't one of those natty lie-flat beds from the plusher type of first class. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 27 Sep. 2022 TheTorah is in the first class overhead, FIRST CLASS! Cantor Glenn Sherman, Sun Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2022 The Crickets were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, while Holly was inducted in 1986 in the first class of inductees. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 The Crickets were voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, while Holly was chosen in 1986 in the first class of inductees. CBS News, 24 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile in first class, a new generation of high-wall supersuites are reaching right up to the ceilings of some of the latest wide-body jets, offering unprecedented levels of privacy. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 12 Nov. 2022 After all, a Black girl wasn't allowed in first class in 1939. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first-class was in 1616

Dictionary Entries Near first-class

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Cite this Entry

“First-class.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first-class. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

first-class

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

first class

2 of 2 noun
: the best or highest group in a classification

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