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first–rate

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adjective \ˈfərs(t)-ˈrāt\

Definition of first–rate

  1. :  of the first order of size, importance, or quality

first–rateness

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first–rater

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First Known Use of first–rate

1674


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first–rate

adverb

Definition of first–rate

  1. :  very well is getting along first–rate — Mark Twain

First Known Use of first–rate

1844


FIRST–RATE Defined for English Language Learners

first-rate

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adjective

Definition of first–rate for English Language Learners

  • : of the best quality


FIRST–RATE Defined for Kids

first–rate

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adjective \ˈfərst-ˈrāt\

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