first water


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

Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of first water was in 1753

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Cite this Entry

“First water.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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