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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

Examples of first-class in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun United offers complimentary alcoholic beverages in premium cabins, and Alaska Airlines offers complimentary alcohol in first class. Sally French, Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2022 There were virtually no female passengers in first class, Tucker said, and the menu was better. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 The train is old, but well maintained, with fresh sheets and a cotton towel provided in first class. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Red wine served in first class en route to the runway. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Morgan, who was seated in first class, refused to wear a seat belt and would not comply with crew members' requests to put his seat upright, the complaint says. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Alcohol has been available in first class on American since last spring. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 For the first class, Rocky River Fire Chief Aaron Lenart will be the guest speaker. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2022 This spring, Los Angeles graduated the first class of its Tree Ambassador Program that recruits people directly from the communities that need more trees. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ ˈfərst-ˈklas \

Kids Definition of first-class

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

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