\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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In fact, Bess was one of only three women traveling in first class to die, while her daughter was the only child in first or second class killed in the sinking. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin victims and survivors of the sinking of the Titanic ranged from doctors to kids," 12 Apr. 2018 Fittingly, our first class-conscious, post-corporate hit sitcom was based on a program from across the pond. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Archie Bunker Forever Changed in the American Sitcom," 21 Mar. 2018 Full Psycle is currently offering a first class free for new riders, but one drop-in class is $17. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get moving: A look at Chicago's newest cycling studio," 17 May 2017 UNC Charlotte is expected to hold its first classes there in the summer or fall of 2019. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "Your tires could become shoes with this new project. Here's how.," 27 June 2018 The building hosted its first classes on June 11, about 10 months after the plan to replace the garage began taking root. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Beacon Place expands into new two-story building in Waukegan," 19 June 2018 The upper school will celebrate the graduation of its first class of seniors in June. Joan Rusek,, "Local kids eat healthy and teach adults about climate change: Valley Views," 13 May 2018 His security chief accompanied him in first class, the report said. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Scott Pruitt's time as EPA administrator dogged by questions about first-class travel, pay raises," 26 Apr. 2018 Last year, the Blended Learning Program saw its first class of graduates., "Numbers Behind the MLS Ambition Rankings: Western Conference Clubs," 23 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

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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



Kids Definition of first-class

1 : relating to the best group in a classification

2 : excellent

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