top-tier

adjective
\ ˈtäp-ˈtir How to pronounce top-tier (audio) \

Definition of top-tier

: of the highest level or rank with regard to quality, reputation, or importance Top-tier wines are the result of artisanal production techniques that demand rigorous attention to detail and, on occasion, financial sacrifice.— Daniel Sogg In general, the top-tier schools measure their success by the salaries that their graduates earn …— Peter Baida … leave fellow Republicans open to attack on what's shaping up as a top-tier issue in the 2008 elections.— Mark Hertsgaard Yes, this Kansas team is loaded with top-tier talent …— Joe Posnanski Kemp's first objective, his handlers said, was to establish himself as a top-tier contender.— Lucy Howard>

First Known Use of top-tier

1945, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about top-tier

Time Traveler for top-tier

Time Traveler

The first known use of top-tier was in 1945

See more words from the same year

Statistics for top-tier

Cite this Entry

“Top-tier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/top-tier. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

Comments on top-tier

What made you want to look up top-tier? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!