\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The institution hopes to enroll its first class in 2021. Shannon Najmabadi, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Tech receives $17M to build the state’s second vet school," 19 June 2019 Backers of the state’s controversial new online community college fended off an effort to slash the college’s funding, clearing the way to enroll its first class this fall. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019 As the film version of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel continues, the characters fly first class, rent private islands for a bachelorette party and partake in wild shopping sprees. Katerina Ang, WSJ, "‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Seeks Mainstream Success," 6 Aug. 2018 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

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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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