\ 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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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 Transportation patterns had changed, and most first class letters were carried cross-county by air anyway. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "'A Suicide Club': How WWI Pilots Pioneered the Age of Airmail," 9 May 2018 Those include shelling out $3 million on security since taking office, including during a personal trip to Disneyland; traveling first class on taxpayer money; and paying $43,000 for a soundproof booth for his office. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Scott Pruitt is even worse at yes-or-no questions than he is at following ethics rules," 26 Apr. 2018 The questions follow criticism of Pruitt for traveling first class on airline flights., "EPA Chief's $50-a-Night Rental Said to Raise White House Angst," 30 Mar. 2018 The Easter Bunny is going first class — getting the Secret Service to help drop thousands of eggs from high above this weekend, a church says. Skyler Swisher,, "Secret Service teams up with Easter Bunny for egg drop this weekend, church says," 30 Mar. 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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