Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The highest degree of quality or purity in diamonds or pearls.
  • n. The foremost rank or quality: a pianist of the first water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The highest quality of gemstones, especially of diamonds and pearls.
  • n. Of the highest rank or quality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the highest quality or purest luster; -- said of gems, especially of diamond and pearls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the highest quality gems

Etymologies

Probably translation of Arabic mā', water, water luster.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
first + water (Wiktionary)

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