first-rate

adjective
\ ˈfərs(t)-ˈrāt How to pronounce first-rate (audio) \

Definition of first-rate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

first-rate

adverb

Definition of first-rate (Entry 2 of 2)

: very well is getting along first-rate— Mark Twain

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Other Words from first-rate

Adjective

first-rateness noun
first-rater \ ˈfərs(t)-​ˈrā-​tər How to pronounce first-rate (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of first-rate

Adjective

1674, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first-rate was in 1674

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“First-rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first-rate. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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first-rate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of first-rate

: of the best quality

first-rate

adjective
\ ˈfərst-ˈrāt \

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