first water

noun

Definition of first water

1 : the purest luster used of gems
2 : the highest grade, degree, or quality

First Known Use of first water

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“First water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20water. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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