\ˈfərs(t)-ˈklas \

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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Unlike getting bumped up to first class, this is a terrible upgrade; a corneal ulcer can cause vision damage if left untreated, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is When to See a Doctor About Eye Pain ASAP," 19 June 2018 Under the union contract with the county, deputy sheriffs and deputy sheriffs first class are entitled to the pay when they are required to be available to be called back into work. Alison Knezevich,, "Sheriff's deputies in dispute with Baltimore County over wages, staffing, guns and vehicles," 18 June 2018 The grand prize will include two roundtrip economy tickets from North America to Switzerland with Swiss International Air Lines, a seven-day trip in Switzerland and two-first class rail tickets in Switzerland. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Best travel contests for June 2018: Win trips to Vermont, Switzerland and Tanzania," 4 June 2018 Pruitt also traveled first class and got rid of a security officer who refused to turn on the police lights so Pruitt could run red lights. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Scott Pruitt Is the Most Baller EPA Administrator the World Has Ever Known," 17 Apr. 2018 The first class of women started in 1976 and graduated in 1980, and there were 55 women. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Campaigns Are Like Marathons—It’s Better to Run One With a Friend," 18 Sep. 2018 The first class of students to enroll will begin in the fall of 2019. Fox News, "Chicago's John Marshall Law School to merge into UIC," 20 July 2018 Ackerman, who died in September, was a member of the first class of the university’s Board of Trustees following its 1988 consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Clark Atlanta University announces $2 million scholarship," 19 May 2018 The latter was part of the Rock Hall's first class of Inductees. Troy L. Smith,, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2018: 10 things to love (and hate)," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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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



Kids Definition of first-class

1 : relating to the best group in a classification

2 : excellent

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