\ ˈfərs(t)-ˈklas How to pronounce first-class (audio) \

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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first-class adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Airlines also don’t publicize a simple tip travelers might want to know: The bathrooms up front, often in first class, are typically larger than the ones in the back for coach. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "You’re Not Getting Bigger, the Airplane Bathroom Is Getting Smaller," 29 Aug. 2018 An example of savings Let’s consider a New York to Hong Kong, non-stop flight in first class on Cathay Pacific. Matthew Bennett, USA TODAY, "Save up to 88% by buying miles for premium flights," 10 July 2018 In his first year as team captain, Benjamin Grossi embraced his role and helped American Heritage to their first Class 3A boys’ soccer state championship in six years. Gary Curreri,, "Broward 3A-1A boys soccer player of the year: Benjamin Grossi, American Heritage junior," 21 Mar. 2018 Poor Kevin can't flirt with Attractive Airplane Woman because King of Queens Star Leah Remini doesn't want to lose her first class seat. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Kevin Can Wait Really Wanted to Join the Mile High Club This Week," 30 Jan. 2018 Check a studio's website directly for free first classes and intro offers. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "My 8 Favorite Hacks to Take Group Fitness Classes Without Paying Full Price," 12 Feb. 2019 Why not give them a plane that has 36 first class seats on it instead of 12? Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue Founder David Neeleman on How New Airline Moxy Will Change the Way We Fly," 12 Dec. 2018 For the same reason, EPA staffers have said, Pruitt switched to flying first class after an individual approached him in an airport last year and used vulgar language. Juliet Eilperin,, "Pruitt enlisted security detail in picking up dry cleaning, moisturizing lotion," 8 June 2018 And then the third thing is to build new first class productions out of other rights. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Concord Execs Detail Maintaining 'One-Company Mentality' Through Label, Publishing Acquisitions at Canadian Music Week," 16 May 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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The first known use of first-class was in 1616

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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

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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


\ ˈfərst-ˈklas\

Kids Definition of first-class

1 : relating to the best group in a classification
2 : excellent

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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